Unless I'm missing something my friend, and I may be getting old and senile but doesn't Alan Hamilton own AIRE? How does that play into all of this, and for what it's worth I fear I'm seriously missing something hereWhat does it mean if you not only take your shopping cart in, but gather a few more that the lazy people with bad parents left in the middle of the parking lot blocking a bunch of parking spaces? Probably has something to do with my first job being a bag boy and having that be a part of my job. Our grocery stores have two sizes of cart, and people just randomly push them into the cart corral and I often feel compelled to pull them all out and sort them to make it easier for the poor kids, that are probably making $8 an hour, who have to come collect them. I could just be a really nice guy...or I might just be weird... probably both.
Anyways... being one of the guys who has never won a permit in a lottery ever... I still manage to get 60-70 days on the river every year. It seems that a lot of people feel that they need to win a lottery to do a trip... but if you have a little bit of flexibility, a bit of tolerance for differing personalities, and a good attitude... its not that hard to get on rivers. Self imposing needing to get a permit yourself or only going with certain people or sizes of groups is your deal and I don't think the entire permit system needs to change to fill those particular requirements.
Don't get me wrong...I REALLY don't like Rec.gov/Booz Allen Hamilton and how they are pushing permits applications to their entire site...seemingly to increase their profits. That permit application fee does zip, nada, zilch for the resource you are trying to use... I think there needs to be some kind of reckoning and restrictions on that. Not holding my breath for that to change, BAH seems to have most agencies over a barrel with the help of government bureaucrats and politicians.
I too would love to see the data on how that all works, specifically how many people are applying for their first ever river permit, if the cancellations match the increase in applications, and who is applying and then not accepting.
Damn...I really need to go hit the river to get over this.