While I was at Lees Ferry a couple weeks ago, I started to notice some of the government vehicles parked around the boat launch area. None are marked as to which agency operated them so they could logically be National Park Service, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Geological Survey, or possibly others.
The first one that caught my eye was this Suburban, about 20 years old but appears to be in good condition, complete with aluminum wheels. Of course, it was parked for several days in an spot that was supposed to be used for daytime parking. I guess I was a bit surprised to see that agencies were holding onto their vehicles this long.
The next one raised lots of questions. It was parked in the long term lot where the others should have been parked, so I assumed the driver was somewhere on the river. I would like to think that with the amount of taxes we pay that keeping 40 year old Suburbans in the fleet would be unnecessary. I also thought that someone may have taken tree hugging a bit too far.
Turns out that some agencies apparently can afford new vehicles. And yes, it was towing a boat trailer so they were likely on the river in some sort of official or enforcement role, but come on, can't we find something midway between 40 year old Suburbans and brand new F450 Powerstroke trucks with aluminum wheels all around? Is this really necessary? And of course they were parked for days within 20' of a sign that says "No Overnight Parking."
Apparently there was a more conservative option. They didn't even order the aluminum wheels but did get the diesel engine. This one is two or three years old, and also towing a boat trailer. It looks like someone has started tree hugging training early, but hopefully they'll keep it in the fleet for awhile.
I think the only thing I learned from this was that if you have government plates you can park where ever you want.
Good post. It's just this kind of thing that leads to disrespect for those in government service. How hard is it for them to follow the same rules as the general public are required to do? Bet you couldn't park your vehicle there for days without a ticket.ReplyDelete
Rules are obviously made for others. :-( Meanwhile, the long term lot was only about 20% full.Delete
I like that Special Issue Tree Hugger Edition. It has great character. ;-)ReplyDelete
I thought so too! I'd like to know the story behind it.Delete
That second one gives bowtie grill a whole new meaning. ;)ReplyDelete
Hadn't thought of it that way. Bob. Hope you're enjoying the season.Delete