Friday, August 29, 2008

Electric generators can ruin the peace

Salt Lake Tribune - United States
After driving around several loops of the Capitol Reef National Park campground on a late July afternoon, my wife, Nancy, and I picked a grassy spot next to the horse pasture, set up our tent and grabbed a cold drink as a mule deer appeared out of the brush next to the Fremont River.

The campground cut from a historic fruit orchard is surrounded by redrock cliffs. Tents can be set up on grass instead of dirt. Save for the sound of the river and a few birds, it was quiet.

Then, right at 6 p.m., during a two-hour window when park rules allow generators, the guy in the big camper fired up the annoying motor, drowning out most of the other natural sounds. I had hoped the advent of $4-a-gallon gasoline would persuade people not to run these blights on the outdoor experience.

A few weeks later, the same thing happened at Flaming Gorge Reservoir's Mustang Ridge campground. Right at dusk, a family who no doubt can't live even for an evening without electricity fired up the generator and left it running until 10 p.m., when quiet time began.

When the owner finally turned off the god-awful noisemaker, we weren't the only ones in the campground who cheered and applauded.
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