Originally Posted by andru187
I understand the "not in my back yard" philosophy, but I would think that making it regionally know that there was going to be zero proximal free camping at FIBArk, and the only local option was to pay $xxx.xx fee for the weekend would detour the exact folks the event is trying to discourage anyway. Personally, I have skipped the event the last few years because of the lack of a reasonable camping/lodging options..It's a beer sponsored event for Christ sakes... More like a feeding frenzy for the police.
^ This is one of the reasons I was upset. I completely understand the UP and their business, and understand exactly why it was banned this year. I cant say I am not happy with that decision, because I actually kind of am.
What I didn't like was that the general attitude went like this:
FIBArk: Don't camp across the tracks!
US: Where do we camp then?
FIBArk: Fuck you, we don't care. Just dont camp across the river.
US: Ok, got that....so where do we camp?
FIBArk: Fuck off already!! Go to Salida East!
US: OK, we have an RV, where do we stay?
FIBArk: Fuck off already, we're tired of dealing with you!!!
FIBArk: Oh, but you BETTER buy beer from us the park, because our police officers need to write DUIs, so you need to make sure you get good and shwindled, and then you need to drive back to wherever you dumped your sorry ass river gear so we can pull you over.
My question is this: what would you have said if Salida East didn't exist? What would have been the solution then? Everyone was quick to say "Salida East", but did you see the shit show that that was? What happens if you don't have that, where would you put people?
I understand where organizers are coming from. But generally it was a lot of attitudes, and HOW things were sent across that got to me.