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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

Travel Luver ·
Never been anywhere in Nevada except Vegas. Didn't know they had beautiful places like this. Can you get there from Vegas as a day trip? Was it hot?
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Well, for a start, make sure you visit Reno, Travel Luver. It's a much small town than Vegas but still has all the casinos, restaurants, etc that you'd expect from a Nevada City. From here it's easy to do a day trip to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains, or down to Carson City. Reno is actually the closest major city to Great Basin National Park, say about a 3-4 hour drive. Vegas is 6-7 hour drive away. Salt Lake City is closer to Great Basin than Vegas. But you really can't do it as...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PortMoresby ·
A friend who was a park planner for the National Park Service said his favorite park was Big Bend in Texas. He's a lover of desert landscapes, wide-open spaces and, in the case of this park too, almost no visitors. Another orphan, no doubt. http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Thanks for the note, PortMoresby. I've visited a lot of the US parks, but Big Bend is still on my "to do" list. They do white water rafting trips there, which appeals to me. One of the things that a lot of folks enjoy about these "orphans" is that they are so sparsely peopled, with few tourists. I think the US Parks system is the USA's biggest tourist asset. I'm certainly a huge fan. Seems whenever I'm in a US Park, more German is spoken than English. The German folks certainly are aware of...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PHeymont ·
The comments on "orphan parks" made for some interesting thoughts. How do we (as a society) choose what to save for parks? When you consider urban parkland, the point is obvious: people who have no land of their own need areas for public recreation. In other cases, individuals with wealth and influence have created parks in areas important to them personally (think of Acadia and the Rockefellers, Palisades Interstate Park and Morgan partners). But setting aside and maintaining areas like...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PortMoresby ·
Pheymont, you speak as if budget cuts are in the future when in fact the Park Service has been functioning with less and less for years now. The Service has a mission to which they're dedicated but less funding has meant "deferred" maintenance on buildings, trails, you name it. And when features of a park are deemed unsafe or there isn't personnel to oversee visitors then parts are closed. I've experienced that myself recently when a trail I've visited in years past was closed. I have no...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
Costs for the existing parks is mostly maintenance and salary. In the face of a broke federal government, I would favor increased user fees. $10-20 for a family to visit a national park for a week is the greatest bargain out there. People who love the parks would happily pay twice as much and I don't think the extra cost would be a deterent. Also, it's reasonable for those with concessions to pay up more than they are. They are given a monopoly and some of those profits should go back to the...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

PHeymont ·
No, I'm painfully aware of the past and present cuts...but I see more ahead. My concern is that there are loud voices (my own included) to speak out against cuts to parks that have a big "fan base," including Gateway here in the NY area. Because so many speak out for those parks, I fear that NPS will increasingly "hide the damage" by even more drastic cuts to others--perhaps even outright abandonment. And that's not so far-fetched an idea. For some 20 or more years here in New York, Prospect...
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Re: A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
PHeymont, I don't believe we disagree. I think the problem is that the park system relies on "federal handouts" and when a government is broke, there's less to hand out. As I said, I sort of favor them being self-funded by their user and concession fees. That's a lot of money already (if it was all kept in the parks) and people would be willing to pay more IF they knew the money stayed in the parks and didn't get diverted back into the Washington's general budget. Orphan parks would be...
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Re: Frozen lake and snow, Cascade Mountains, Washington

DrFumblefinger ·
Taken from the plane window this morning as I was flying into and out of Seattle.
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Re: Frozen lake and snow, Cascade Mountains, Washington

TravelandNature ·
Exactly ! The view out of the window beats the in-flight movie every time. See the TravelGumbo discussion: Please Don't Shut the Shade !
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

Former Member ·
Hehe thank you for the praises i'm so proud Beautful mountains by the way
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

Jonathan L ·
It is beautiful. I thought it was Lake Louise.
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Re: Where Gumbo Was #13. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
Similar, but different. Some photos of Lake Louise and the Plain of Six Glaciers hike, one of my favorites.
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Re: Patagonia's Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

Travel Rob ·
Spectacular!
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Re: Pasterze Glacier, Grossglockner, Austria

Marilyn Jones ·
It is shocking to see how much of the glacier is gone, but what is left is beautiful and your photos illustrate wonderfully its beauty.
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Re: Glacier National Park, Montana

Mytraveledroad ·
One of my favorite parks so far has been Yosemite. Glacier looks pretty amazing. It will definitely get added to the list of must sees.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, August 23, 2014: Bow Glacier Falls, Banff National Park

PortMoresby ·
I just love that waterfall, going around a corner. Quite beautiful.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

PHeymont ·
Thank you so much! I've been curious since flying over it on a clear summer day on a trans-Atlantic flight, and the more so since reading an Icelandic mystery set in part in Greenland. The realization that even to Icelanders, it remains, relatively, terra incognita made it seem even more fascinating.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Thanks. Indeed, there's a lot of people movement between Denmark and Greenland. There are flights from Iceland though I've never used them. I've never been conscious of much of an Icelandic presence at all in the West, wouldn't know about the East coast. With thousands of photos to choose from, this article gives only the briefest of impressions. )
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Travel Rob ·
Thank you ! I've been wanting to go to Greenland for years and now I know I have to make it happen someday! I can't wait to see part II.
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

DrFumblefinger ·
A fascinating view of a rarely visited place! Thanks so much for sharing your love of Greenland with all of us. I've a few questions about basic tourist infrastructure. While I suspect you spend most of your time in the backcountry, what level of services are available in these towns? I'm specifically wondering about sleeping accomodations, food options (you mentioned that Chinese restaurant, which sounds intriguing), and relative prices. In my experiences, remote places like this are quite...
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

My Thatched Hut ·
Thanks. Nice photos. In 30 years, I have never met anyone else that has been there. I have been to deserts in the Middle East and Africa and to jungles in the south but Greenland is really the most remote place I have ever been. Would love to go back. Tom
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Dr Fumblefinger : Happy to answer questions. Kangerlussuaq is fairly basic by comparison to what we're used to though I love the town and feel at home there now! It's a converted US airbase basically! (Can't browse to my photos from Insert/Edit Image button above?) Accommodation : airport hotel (good standard), campsite (very basic), private accommodation hire options exist though I've not used them in this town - as I'm also part of a wild goose research team, I can stay at the science...
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

IslandMan ·
Excellent article and pictures! The arctic regions are on my wish list and this has certainly inspired me
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Re: Visiting Western Greenland. Part I – Three Towns

Racing_snake ·
Thanks for that. I also loved Svalbard but there's so much more of the arctic I would like to see too. Originally Posted by IslandMan: Excellent article and pictures! The arctic regions are on my wish list and this has certainly inspired me
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 22, 2014: Columbia Icefields, Alberta

GarryRF ·
Great photos Dr Y. Is this an all year tourist resort or would I freeze to death in winter ? I presume this remains sub zero all year due to its elevation. Does it contain any wildlife ? Is it receding with warmer weather ? We see pictures of areas where glacier ice is disappearing but there are areas we don't see where it's on the increase. I remember being taught about shifting ice regions in the 1950's and all this alarmist talk today seems to be just a continuation of normality.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, July 22, 2014: Columbia Icefields, Alberta

Dr.Y ·
Hi Garry, if you came in the mid of Canadian winter, the glacier ice field will look no difference to rest of the country . So, walk on the glacier ice under the hot summer sun is much more thrill! Yes, during last visit, we were told that the Columbia Ice Field glacier is receding.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, March 13, 2014: Jokulsarlon, Iceland

GarryRF ·
Amazing photo's ! Natural beauty and unlike anything I've seen before. Thanks !
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Re: May 10, 2017: Frozen Lake - Clear Creek County, Colorado

GarryRF ·
Is this a location that stays frozen for most of the year ? It's unusual to see winter holding its grip until May.
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Re: May 10, 2017: Frozen Lake - Clear Creek County, Colorado

Samantha ·
HI Garry, I am not really sure. However we were pretty high up (over 8000 feet) so I think it probably does most of the year. I will let you know if we go back sometime this summer
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Re: May 10, 2017: Frozen Lake - Clear Creek County, Colorado

DrFumblefinger ·
Most of these high altitude lakes remain frozen most of the year. While it's further north, I am very familiar with Lake Louise in the Alberta Rockies. While at only 5200 ft above sea level, it receives a heavy snow fall and the ice remains on the lake until well into June, returning in the early fall. Hiking in the area is really limited to June, July and early September (unless you hike slogging through snow and slush)
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The North Cascades: a National Park and Scenic Highway

DrFumblefinger ·
The North Cascades Highway (Washington SR-20) offers the northern most route across the Cascade range in Washington state, just south of the Canadian border.  The eastern (and highest) part of the road is...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, November 4, 2013: Sunset and Sunrise, Western Icefields, Mt. Kilimanjaro

DrFumblefinger ·
 I enjoy watching sunsets and sunrises whenever I can, mostly because of their beautiful light.  This particular sunset (above) was partially blocked by a thick convoluted mass of clouds below us, but the diffused and changing light were...
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Greenland from six miles high!

DrFumblefinger ·
 One of the advantages of the polar route between Europe and western North America is that on the westbound flight you generally travel during daylight.  The route takes you over southern Greenland and on a good day the view out your window...
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A visit to Great Basin National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
In the United States, a country with dozens of great national parks, it makes sense that there would be some “orphan” parks that are only rarely visited. Such is the case with Great Basin National Park in Nevada.  Great...
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A journey around Iceland: 3) South Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Black sand beach in Vik, Iceland) Many think South Iceland offers the island’s most spectacular scenery.  It’s hard to argue with this except to say that we found all of Iceland to be filled with...
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A journey around Iceland: 4) North Iceland

DrFumblefinger ·
(Godafoss waterfall, northern Iceland) Our journey around the Ring Road continued as we headed north on the eastern shore of the island towards northern Iceland.  (I've again chosen to describe our experiences here in sequential...
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A journey around Iceland: 5) Snaefellsnes Peninsula

DrFumblefinger ·
 (Ingjaldscholl church and Snaefellsjokull glacier, Iceland)  The last full day of our Icelandic trip was spent off the Ring Road in West Iceland on the charming Snaefellsnes Peninsula.  Anyone who is a fan of Sci-Fi will...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 23, 2013: Whaleback Trail, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

DrFumblefinger ·
 Yoho National Park is one of four National Parks in the Canadian Rockies.  Yoho seems a bit of an odd name but it’s very appropriate.  To the Cree people Yoho meant “Awe and Wonder”.  That impression remains...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 23, 2013: Iceland's Black Sand Beach

PHeymont ·
Dramatic light and landscape mark the beach at Vik, Iceland, famous for its black sand, which is composed of basalt, worn down over centuries from volcanic lava. The day of our visit, fog moved in and out, shrouding the beach in fog and turning the...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, May 28, 2015: Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana

Ottoman ·
  Logan Pass (elevation 6,646 ft (2,026 m)) is located along the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, in the U.S. state of Montana. It is the highest point on the Going-to-the-Sun Road .       The Logan Pass...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, September 16, 2015: Fall in Glacier National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
    Winter comes early to the Rocky Mountains, especially in the mountain passes and high meadows.  But early fall is a great time to visit Glacier National Park.  The throngs of families traveling during the summer are back home,...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, October 21, 2015: Swiftcurrent Lake, Montana

DrFumblefinger ·
While it's not the largest lake in Montana's Glacier National Park, it certainly has one of the prettiest settings.  Looking west towards the Continental Divide from the eastern bank, you have the view you see above.      Looking...
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Glacier National Park, Montana

DrFumblefinger ·
“ Far away in northwestern Montana, hidden from view by clustering mountain peaks, lies an unmapped corner – the Crown of the Continent .”    George Bird Grinnell (1901)   It’s hard for someone who loves being in...
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Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park

DrFumblefinger ·
The most amazing views in Yosemite National Park, and among the most spectacular viewpoints on Mother Earth, are found at Glacier Point.  In the summer Glacier Point is easily accessed by the Glacier Point Road, but this road is closed in the...
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Pasterze Glacier, Grossglockner, Austria

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook visits and shares great images of the beautiful but receding Pasterze Glacier, Grossglockner, Austria.
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Atop the Pasterze Glacier, Grossglockner, Austria.

Ian Cook ·
Ian Cook shares images from a visit to the top of the Pasterze Glacier in Austria
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China puts endangered glaciers off-limits

PHeymont ·
In northwest China, the government is curbing 'glacier tourism' to protect the shrinking glaciers in an area where temperatures have been rising.
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December 6, 2015: Argentina’s Great Glaciers

Grand Escapades ·
Patagonia's Glacier National Park is home to some of the world's greatest glaciers.
 
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