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Mike Thorpe commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Looks like Park Visitors best buy some asbestos suits and gear...Merry Christmas, the NPS is a gift that keeps on costing isn't it...."
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At 12:02am on April 5, 2015, Mark Cooke said…

Mike, thanks for all your work and fine comments that I have always enjoyed reading. Hope you and your loved ones enjoy a fine Easter weekend.

At 11:44am on February 25, 2013, Mark Cooke said…

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!

At 7:51pm on April 23, 2012, Gregg Bostick said…

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...

At 5:33pm on January 4, 2012, John Quillen said…

thanks Mike, I hope you will consider joining our ongoing conversation over on the backcountry tax blog.  Folks get a little tired of hearing only us, I am afraid!

At 2:34pm on January 4, 2012, John Quillen said…

Welcome aboard, Mike.  Glad to have you here.



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