"Sounds like a suspect situation at best , gee might the whole bunch of them be covering each other's backsides? I sure hope the suit goes through! I suspect it might open a flood tide of interesting revelations about some of their underhanded…"
"PS: Does anyone have any idea why or how those kids charged with starting the fire, got off so quickly and completely? Seems odd to me as if they may have had something on someone? I cannot imagine that they were not charged or convicted of…"
"Howdy Folks! It's been awhile since I have posted, but am with y'all in spirit. Atone time I read that the entire situation was aggravated if not in part caused, by some of the flunkies starting a (failed attempt) at a back fire. Has any…"
Hey Mike, thanks for all you do in fighting the FEEASCO. I appreciate all your hard work. I was just on the Smoky Mountain Hiking Blog and saw a post of yours. At least it appears that it is yours. After staying 100's of times using the front country camping to set up my family's basecamp for backpacking I have never seen any showers in the NPS campgrounds. The only amenities they provide are sometimes a graveled platform for a tent, metal ring to contain a fire, sometimes a hook near the picnic table to hang a lantern, trash can or nearby dumpster, a bath house that only provides toilets/urinals/sinks, and a spigot nearby to draw treated water.
I just didn't want someone picking on you about the showers. At times that would be a nice feature but we have always gone to a commercial campground and paid for a shower after being in the backcountry for several days.
There are five frontcountry campgrounds that charge $14/night, Cataloochee is fixed at $20 for a tent as well as a large RV, which I always thought was unfair. Cades, Elkmont, and Smokemont start at $17 and stop at $20 or $23 for Elkmont.
Again, thanks for all your efforts to stand for what is right!
Mike, I am a bi-vocational, Part-Time Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church and have been serving the same church for ten years. What that means is I have two full time jobs...And you? I see you have the same responsibilities to a "flock", which precludes most weekend trips into the backcountry...