This is a delayed post from our road trip back at the beginning of summer. For those that were following along we road tripped to the Grand Canyon and Zion. At Zion, the deep part of the canyon is only accessed by shuttle bus. Not only does this reduce the parks carbon footprint it is pretty convenient for the park visitor…no parking hassles. One of the drivers gave us some statistics about the scene. Before the buses were put into service they would see about 3000 cars a day…competing for 400 parking spaces. Anyone who has been is a similar situation can see the benefit to this system.
The main visitor center at Zion uses a passive solar design and has trombe walls. Rather than just building it and using it, they incorporate it into the educational experience for the visitors with a descriptive display.
The greatest part for me was the parks concession’s refusal to buy into the bottled water bullshit. If every retailer in the country followed suit imagine the fuel savings and benefit. When I was a kid we would visit many parks and I never remembered seeing bottle water for sale. We had out trusty canteens and it was just fine. Today instead of that old aluminum tasting contraption we use Nalgene bottles, a couple of my Nalgene bottle are made from FEP Teflon and provide the cleanest tasting water you can get with out any worry about BPA. These bottles cost about $90 each and were salvaged from my old career in biotechnology.