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Old 04-04-2013, 05:30 PM   #271
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Read this thread a while back and I'm catching up on it now and figured I'd throw in a food option I hadn't seen yet. Couscous. Very simple to make in a jetboil only needs a little boiled water then sit covered for 5 minutes. Also pre-mixing seasoning packets from stuff I have in bulk in the kitchen adds no additional cost flavor. Throw in a can of tuna/chicken/salmon for some protein and it's a cheap, nutritious, filling hot meal. And the couscous, seasoning, measuring stuff, will all pack down into the 32oz container the couscous comes in. A 32oz tub of couscous will get you 14+ meals for a few bucks.

First attempt at ninja camping was totally unplanned. I was heading through Maryland taking the coastal route up north and it got late, I got tired, and it was off the highway so there were no rest stops. I tried asking for a cheap room at a hotel and was told the rate was fixed at $110(!) with a check-out time in 9 hours. I found the closest state park, the ranger station was empty and it said all sites were booked. At this point it was almost 3AM so I took a quick look figuring no one would be arriving at a reserved campsite in the middle of the night. There were plenty of empty sites. I was in the truck, no tent. Middle of summer, 70 degrees, clear skies, no bugs. I did have a blanket and a poncho. Well... I'll let the picture say the rest.



One of my best nights sleep on the road. The campers next to me looked at me a little funny but I was able to hit up the camp bathroom and play frizbee with the pup before I took off. Came in late and left early. I had every intention of paying on the way out but the ranger station was still closed.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:20 PM   #272
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Came in late and left early. I had every intention of paying on the way out but the ranger station was still closed.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:34 PM   #273
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I never feel bad about screwing the government out of money. Private campground--never. State campground--you betcha!
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:41 PM   #274
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I never feel bad about screwing the government out of money. Private campground--never. State campground--you betcha!
Hey now. I am retired CA State Parks and have a good friend that is a Park Ranger for WA State Parks. In general State Parks and not a positive revenue generator and they depend on every dollar they can get. If it is nice enough to stay in it is nice enough to pay for. One of the best things a person can do is donate to the local Park Association. Those monies are NOT state funds and can be spent wisely.

Will now put my soap box away.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:28 AM   #275
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Hey now. I am retired CA State Parks and have a good friend that is a Park Ranger for WA State Parks. In general State Parks and not a positive revenue generator and they depend on every dollar they can get. If it is nice enough to stay in it is nice enough to pay for. One of the best things a person can do is donate to the local Park Association. Those monies are NOT state funds and can be spent wisely.
Very good points TC...

actually...even National parks are in serious jeopardy these days. I heard they may close Glacier NP for the winter months due to budget constraints
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Old 04-08-2013, 07:09 PM   #276
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Hey now. I am retired CA State Parks and have a good friend that is a Park Ranger for WA State Parks. In general State Parks and not a positive revenue generator and they depend on every dollar they can get. If it is nice enough to stay in it is nice enough to pay for. One of the best things a person can do is donate to the local Park Association. Those monies are NOT state funds and can be spent wisely.

Will now put my soap box away.
So, are you saying that 100% of the money goes to the parks? If so, I agree with you. If not, are we just fattening the pensions that those of us in the private sector actually have to pay for?!
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:56 PM   #277
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So, are you saying that 100% of the money goes to the parks? If so, I agree with you. If not, are we just fattening the pensions that those of us in the private sector actually have to pay for?!
Yes Associations are financially independent of the Park(s) that they represent. The Association usually has a store in a park, a volunteer group that provide tours,... you get the idea.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:04 PM   #278
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:25 PM   #279
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Here's the thread for free places to camp. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=149585

Plenty of great places with an "open invitation" from ADVrider friendly folks. All over the world.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:44 PM   #280
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So, are you saying that 100% of the money goes to the parks? If so, I agree with you. If not, are we just fattening the pensions that those of us in the private sector actually have to pay for?!

Nobody's pension changes based on whether you are being honest with your campground payments.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:10 AM   #281
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Came in late and left early.

Came in late and left early.

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Old 05-12-2013, 07:53 AM   #282
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Did a 650 mile loop of the NC Outer Banks this weekend and had to post up the flip side of the ninja camping mantra. Similar circumstances as last time. Rolled into camp at 2AM, set up tent. Up with the sun and mostly packed by the time the Rangers got in at 8AM. Nobody said anything to me, I could have rolled right on out and stiffed them the $20. Something told me to stop and pay. As an added bonus the park ranger pointed me to an awesome out of the way spot for breakfast, one of the few places in the area where you can grab a meal on the ocean pier.

Something about waking up to this view made me think the National Park Service earned my $20 for their effort.



I literally rolled over, unzipped my tent, and took that picture.

Camp.



And for general information so you know where your money is going.

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Originally Posted by Department of the Interior
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET JUSTIFICATIONS
Legislation authorized 100 percent of the
revenue generated by charging fees to be
returned to the NPS, while NPS policy
established that 80 percent of the receipts
would remain at the site where it is collected
and 20 percent could be used Servicewide at
the Director's discretion. The law also
authorized the Secretary to reduce the 80% to
60% if a site had revenue that exceeded its
reasonable needs. In 2010, the NPS instituted
a number of policy changes to increase
obligations, including enforcing the 60%
reduction at some sites. Until FY 2010, the
remaining 20 percent was allocated at the
discretion of NPS Director within the FLREA
expenditure categories outlined in the above
Fee Usage section.
I'm all about saving a buck on a road trip but the quality that's consistently put forth by the Park Service is worth the camp fee if you can swing it.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:01 PM   #283
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Lady here, I do 100% free tent camping. So uh.

Your mileage may vary.
Mine really enjoyed sleeping in the home depot hotel... Said it was better than a tent.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:18 AM   #284
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Mine really enjoyed sleeping in the home depot hotel... Said it was better than a tent.
What like a shed or something?
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:07 PM   #285
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I'm all about saving a buck on a road trip but the quality that's consistently put forth by the Park Service is worth the camp fee if you can swing it.
This . . . . and I can almost always swing an extra buck or two for teh association . . . . .. the park system is one of the best things about our states and the federal guvernment.
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