A Hitchiker’s Guide to the National Parks

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25 September 2015
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As I stuck2015_JulAug_TrailTalk-Hitchhike_page8-9 my thumb out and watched several cars drive by, I kept
plodding up the busy and unsafe roadway. Finally a park ranger
arrived — more specifically a law enforcement agent. Cool, I
thought, I’m going to get a ride.
That didn’t happen. Instead I got hassled! The law enforcement
officer rolled down her window and, without asking me if
everything was okay — if I had car trouble, if I was hurt, etc., said
in a firm and authoritative voice, “Who are you and what are
you doing?”
It was obvious what I was doing — and I told her who I am. Either
she never heard of me or wasn’t impressed with my writing, as
the next thing that came out of her was “Hitchhiking is illegal.”

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Story originally published in the July-August 2015 Mountaineers Magazine

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