We’re camping here for two weeks. There’s no rush to go here, there and everywhere — and FINALLY we put up our 35 pound screen tent that admittedly takes up too much space in the car. I have gotten a LOT of grief for insisting on taking it — Every time I complain about Terry’s bags of camera equipment, his extensive fishing equipment, the two cases of wine AND the COOLER FOR HIS CIGARS, he gets a look of glee on his face and refers to the “compact” screen tent.
HOWEVER, we are BOTH enjoying the fly free dining.
Did you know that moose are considered to be the largest members of the deer family?
Anyway, the other day we got out of bed — again without the coffee — and got to the moose overlook just in time to see what follows:
A park worker told us the other day that 100,000 people are expected to descend upon Jackson for the eclipse. The town managers don’t know exactly what to expect so it’s hard for them to prepare. The National Park Service asked the Federal Government for money to hire 30 extra people on eclipse day to help with the congestion and possible chaos that could affect emergency responders.
Our Federal Government said “No.”
Before we left I was on the phone so much with my congress people’s offices that they were starting to recognize my voice. I haven’t done that since we left, but this trip is reinforcing my belief that it’s necessary to keep up the pressure on the politicians. When we were in Custer State Park we met a married couple who until recently were teachers in Arizona. They decided to move to Colorado while their teaching licenses were still worth something. Arizona has made it legal for people with two year degrees and no education background to be public school teachers. According to this couple, the science that is being taught is a joke. I asked why this is happening and they said two words: Betsy DeVos.
A couple that we met from Michigan are similarly upset about DeVos. And while we love staying in the national parks, it’s clear that money needs to be spent for roads and such basic things as camper sinks and bathrooms.
You might ask why I think about politics while on this glorious trip. Well, partly because I hope to see these places be saved for the next generation. But beyond that — it is only my white middle class privilege that would even allow me to forget about the politics that threatens so many people’s daily lives.