You What?

26 01 2009




                              “Is that the hole thing?”   (Grand Canyon)


Park rangers throughout the world are renowned for their knowledge, helpfulness, bravery and fieldcraft. They are there to assist visitors with both information and to inspire them with their enthusiasm for the natural wonders of which they are custodians. They act as guides, counsellors, educators, conservators, peacemakers and law-keepers and when things go wrong they are the ones who risk all to save travellers in trouble.


However, we now know that in addition to all of these admirable traits they should also be revered for their tremendous self-control in not whipping out their firearms and putting certain visitors out of their intellectual misery.


Park Rangers in the U.S. recently compiled a list of actual questions asked by park visitors and as you will see, giant redwoods aren’t the only thick things in national parks!


At Grand Canyon National Park:


“Was this man-made?”

“Is there an elevator to the bottom”

“Do you light it up at night?”

“Is the mule train air-conditioned?”

“Where are the faces of the presidents?”


At Carlsbad Caverns National Park:


“How much of the caves is underground?”

“So what’s in the unexplored part of the cave?”

“Does it ever rain in here?

“So what is this, just a hole in the ground?”

“How many ping pong balls would it take to fill it up?”


At Everglades National Park:


“Are the alligators real?”

“Are the baby alligators for sale?”

“When does the two o’clock bus leave?”


At Yosemite National Park:


“What time of year do you turn on Yosemite Falls?”

“What happened to the other half of Half Dome?”


At Alaska’s Denali National Park:


“What time do you feed the bears?”

“How often do you mow the tundra?”

“How much does Mount McKinley weigh?”


At Mesa Verde National Park:


“Did people build this, or did Indians?”

“Do you know of any undiscovered ruins?”

“Why did they build the ruins so close to the road?”



Photo and post by: Simon Vaughan