Monday, November 28, 2022


Quick moving, photo-snapping tourists


By Chuck Woodbury
A lot of vacationers and other travelers move fast, not stopping to see much, or if they do slow down they don’t stay long. It’s like they can’t wait to get to the next attraction. In the process they fail to see what’s right before them.

Bryce Canyon National Park.

I was reminded of this when talking with a friend about a time in Bryce Canyon National Park. A man and woman were riding a big motorcycle, which was loaded with camping gear. I was standing at an overlook, admiring the incredibly beautiful red rock canyon below me. Bryce Canyon is one of the top ten beauty spots in the USA, in my opinion.

The couple drove up on the motorcycle. They were barely going fast enough to keep the bike from tipping over. At the overlook, while the driver kept the bike balanced, the woman sitting behind raised a camera, aimed it for a split second, then snapped. “Got it!” she said. At that, he hit the gas and they were off.

I figured later they’d share the photo on Facebook or at home with friends. “That was a gorgeous view,” they’d say. 

I REMEMBER THE LAST TIME I visited Yellowstone, maybe 10 years ago. My daughter, Emily, and I walked out to the big circle of visitors waiting for Old Faithful to erupt. What I witnessed was a first for me in our modern, digital, cell phone age. Instead of merely waiting for the geyser to blow, dozens of people were on their cell phones. “Guess where I am?” they’d ask when the phone was answered. Nowadays they’d probably share the experience live on Facebook.

On a previous trip to Yellowstone, I rounded a corner with my car and saw a huge crowd ahead. Their vehicles lined the road. I parked to see what was happening. In the meadow, a magnificent herd of elk grazed. But what miffed me were the people in the crowd. A crew from a Los Angeles TV station was there videotaping the scene. And guess where most of the crowd had gathered? At the 12-inch monitor they were using to monitor their work.

What a world!


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Gene Bjerke
5 years ago

I once ran the PA system for a university lecturer who went to Europe every summer. She told the story of standing outside Chartres Cathedral when a couple rushed up. He said, “We’ve got 15 minutes, you do the inside, I’ll do the outside.”

Jo Ann
5 years ago

I recently saw a tourist at a National Park. In the theater during a film taking photos of the sites to see there. I was wondering if they even stopped to see the sites!!!!!

5 years ago

Good one C.W…….a famous quote”its not always the places you go,but the people you see” hmm very true indeed.

Denny wagaman
5 years ago

when my son was 14 I bout a new. W pop up camper. Small fridges, stove and 2 beds. We put our 3 bikes on it and took of for nearly si. Weeks of summer fun. From .wa state to the Florida Keys
, Cape Canaveral (saw sally Ride take off, to kennybuncport Main. So many stops but some like the bikers did . A quick pose for the camera shot .my wife stepping out into water up to her ankles ina downpour in NY City going to the CG bathrooms saying You have know how much I love this trip and put up with a lot but this is redicolous. We had a very little 4″ Portable TV and also A/C.

Sharon Mathie
5 years ago

We travel for leisure a lot, nationally and internationally. One of our rules is to always stay somewhere for a minimum of 3 nights. It allows you to discover an area, slow down and create memories. In the US, many people have limited vacation time, hence the rush to see as much as you can in a short period of time. We have been fortunate to be able to tour for weeks at a time, so we can follow the 3 night rule. Soon to retire and make use of our new, tiny, T@B trailer, we plan to spend weeks at a time in one area. We encourage our novice traveler friends and colleagues to stay longer in one place., too.

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