Posted by hank jr on February 02, 2002 at 01:30:59:
A few weeks ago, I visited the Racetrack once again, in order to do some research. I was dismayed to see a plethora of footprints throughout the moving rocks area. It is incredibly difficult to take a picture of one of these boulder's journeys without capturing some airhead's footprints left for generations. However, it didn't use to be that way. When I first started visiting the Racetrack, back when Death Valley was a National Monument, there was nary a footprint to be seen . Now since the Desert "protection" act, it has miraculously changed... gee I wonder if all the dramatic increase in numbers of tourist due to park status had something to do with it? More people= more destruction. Hopefully, the National Park service won't use this atrocity to forever close the road and/or the playa itself. Oh... I forgot... it's o.k. to "take only pictures leave only FOOTPRINTS"