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Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Yeah, that was my take on the situation. Interesting that the trail head is at the top of the steps to the Lodge, but they close the shelter that is at least a quarter mile away. I wonder if they will offer to escort people up the trail next?"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
""The bear followed the guy back to the lodge" Where he has been fed, undoubtedly, by lodge patrons.  Therefore, shelter peons shall be denied their right to utilize the backcountry lest they pay $150 to Stokely Concessions and stay in…"
Tuesday
Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"And if they'd built the shelter with a cotton pickin cage on front, there'd be no problem."
Tuesday
Rob Cameron commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Very interesting! They close the Cliff Tops trail and the shelter, but the Lodge's cash register keeps ringing. SMH http://www.wbir.com/story/news/2015/05/19/mg-le-conte-backcountry-shelter-cliff-tops-trails-closed-bear-activity/27572771/ "
Tuesday
John Quillen left a comment for Chris Wilson
"Welcome to the forum, Chris. John"
Tuesday
Chris Wilson is now a member of GotSmokies
Tuesday
Mark Cooke commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Regarding CS 17, the Park's Web site said: May 9th - 11 permits, May 10th - 4 permits, None on May 11th or 12th. May 13th - 5  permits, May 14th - 5 permits, May 15th - 14 permits, May 16th - 14 permits."
Tuesday
Jo Jackson - Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Keep me in mind! I would love to help out in any way I can!"
Monday
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Thanks Jo!  We may be knocking on your door.  I believe that Myers brief is due in mid June."
Monday
Jo Jackson - Neuspickel commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"When it gets to Cincinnati if you need a voice or someone to speak (kinda) I am up here in that area. I work 10 miles from Cincinnati and also live sorta close. Don't know if you will need anyone else but I can be available (usually with a…"
Monday
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Tom, I won't be here to help you find out the real numbers.  But I will be on the Ruth Glacier in Denali and paying the NPS $10 for ten days with no amenities provided.  That seems like a bargain compared to what we are getting here.…"
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Tom Johnson commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Working on a reservation in the park for this weekend.   According to reservations site, the backcountry will be dang near full.  e.g., in the Abram's Creek area for Saturday night I count 55 of 68…"
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Erik Gerhardt commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I just now happened to walk past a TV showing WBIR's noon news. Regurgitating a GSMNP press release regarding bear sightings/ activity in the park, I was informed by the astute news anchor (and staff in an accompanying graphic)…"
May 13
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2015/05/provocative-bud-light-campaign-doesnt-concern-national-park-service-national-park-foundation26555 The NPS and specifically Jon Jarvis are whores for any kind of cash.  This includes breaking their…"
May 1
Erik Gerhardt commented on Jeff Schimer's photo
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"That's no copperhead but is instead a far more rare sighting. I think it's an Eastern Milksnake. Beautiful animal."
May 1
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Meanwhile, in the NPS world of "let's promote or retire everyone associated with the Smokies Feeasco", it was announced today that the only remaining culprit in this fee scandal has been promoted to deputy superintendent or Fitz…"
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4068 Comments

Our original Backcountry Tax blog on the gosmokies site was moderated by some folks who held an opinion in favor of backcountry fees.  As a result the blog operator, Jigsha Desai made several threats to shut us down but we remained in operation because it was the most popular blog post in the history of that site.  We decided to take our conversation to a place where our message wouldn't be suppressed.  This blog is the result.

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