people unclear on the conceptPosted: September 25, 2013 Filed under: Society, Travel 2 Comments
My Facebook friend and high school classmate Dennis posted a meme on Facebook about tourists in Colorado who were known to ask the ranger, “At what elevation do the deer become elk?” That was bad enough, but a commenter said he used to work for an assistant DA, responsible for prosecuting cases on behalf of the rangers, who thought deer grew up into elk. (Speaking of Colorado, thoughts and prayers for those affected by the flooding in that state. And we grieve at the loss of life there.)
This reminded me of our visits to the Sea Star Cottage at Tomales Bay. The innkeeper told us of someone asking the ranger, “What time is the whale show?” Answer: “Whenever they want.” She also mentioned explaining to someone about the Sea Star, which we love and which sits over the bay at the end of a 50 foot walkway, and how at high tide it was over water, but at low tide there was no water. Question, “How often does this happen?” Um, twice a day? Ya see, that’s how the tides work.
When Terry and I took our Catalina/Ensenada cruise, the cruise director told the story of someone coming up to him while he was sitting on deck having a cup of coffee and saying, “So, what do you think the elevation is here?”
About four decks above sea level, I’d reckon.
We had been at Yellowstone NP, waiting for Old Faithful to erupt. It seemed to be a little bit late. This lady that was close to us made a comment to the effect that why didn’t the rangers start the eruption. Like they had any control over the situation. Chalk another one up to the dumbing down of America.
Dennis, we visit Yosemite every several years, and regularly see behavior which makes us want to say, “People, this isn’t Disneyland!”