Re: i was there
Posted by sas on April 21, 2002 at 07:47:14:
In Reply to: Re: i was there posted by dvScotty on April 20, 2002 at 21:50:20:
it was a blast living in DV in the 60's, except for the seclusion to a teenager as i was. i went to school in trona- 40 miles. at first, my dad took me to the nearest bus stop at the mouth of homewood cyn- 30 miles, and then pick me up in the afternoon- total of 120 miles a day for him. at age 14 i got a special license to drive to school only.
i spent most of my free time exploring all the off-road sites along with indian artifact and purple bottle hunting.
my family became quite the DV historians and guides for the thousands of tourists we greeted every day at wildrose. tons of foreigners visit DV year-round. they all had questions like what things they should see in their particular amount of time. we sold books and maps of DV for assistance.
we were open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm. we generated our own electricity with a deisel generator down the canyon about 1300' around the first corner down the road to quiet the noise it made. we had a stand-by gas generator at the garage for emergencies. no TV or telephone except for a crank-type phone with the cable running on top of the ground up 3 miles to the ranger station.
flash floods down the canyon were about once a year which totally wiped out the road and caused a lot of work to clean-up while the NPS worked on the road to re-open.
hope this helps describe the 60's in DV :)