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avatar Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 14, 2009 10:39PM
Yosemite had to be one of the most difficult places I've found for campers to find a place to shower. I've seen everything from NPS visitor centers (My Rainier) with coin-op showers to reasonable coin-op concession-provided showers (Crater Lake, Lassen). I did have issues with the cost at Lodgepole Village in Sequoia NP being $3.50 for a coin-op shower where you supplied your own towel. That seems excessive.

The showers at Curry Village seem to be enforced now for either a receipt or guest key.

Is there any way there might be coin-op shower rooms installed in the major campgrounds? If they ever plan on rebuilding some of the bathrooms, they could be rebuilt with shower rooms with 24-hour coin-op. Right now it seems to be odd trying to go to Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp in order to get a shower that you may or may not have to pay for.

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 01:43AM
There's always the Merced winking smiley

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 09:16AM
Also, if you use the river you could charge admission to watch the show instead of paying for a shower.

Jim
avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 10:53AM
eeek wrote:

> There's always the Merced winking smiley
>

Hopefully without soap.





The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 09:29AM
the river works great for me, i'm over weight right now, so no one in their right mind would want to be around to watch and stare... needless to say, i get the whole river privately ;-)
Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 10:41AM
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avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 11:44AM
You know what works really well in lieu of showers? Baby wipes! Get the unscented ones or the bears might want you to wipe them down, too...
avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 11:54AM
Vince: You know what works really well in lieu of showers? Baby wipes!

(although nothing takes the place of a warm shower, when I must, I use a wipe by Eco-Select that fits the non-scented requirement, but its also guaranteed to fully decompose in 21 days. they come 30 to a pack, 8x10 inches.

B
avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 12:29PM
Bee wrote:

> Vince: You know what works really well in lieu of showers? Baby
> wipes!
>
> (although nothing takes the place of a warm shower, when I
> must, I use a wipe by Eco-Select that fits the non-scented
> requirement, but its also guaranteed to fully decompose in 21
> days. they come 30 to a pack, 8x10 inches.

Most "baby wipe" style wipes use rayon although the "flushable" ones have to be paper. Rayon is modified wood cellulose and will eventually biodegrade in any conditions that will degrade cotton.

I remember the American Parks Network guide (the green pamplets handed out at many national parks) for Yosemite once had an ad for the antibacterial (the ingredient is actually broad spectrum antimicrobial) versions of Wet Ones" wipes. The picture they had was for the lemon scented version. The ad showed a pit toilet and had some question about how sanitary it was to touch all that. I use these by wiping when I get in an wiping before I leave.

I've used the unscented "Wet Ones Outdoors" wipes on camping and backpacking trips. I generally don't like the paper ones because they have a tendency to break on me.

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
March 15, 2009 03:15PM
When Tioga Pass is open there are bathing facities in the Mammoth area that are free:



http://yosemitephotos.net/main.php/v/hotsprings/

Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 12:00PM
If you have to pay for a shower, how much is it? It's not coin-op at this time?
avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 02:02PM
Cobalt wrote:

> If you have to pay for a shower, how much is it? It's not
> coin-op at this time?

Nope. Apparently never has been. There was a discussion about it last year:

http://yosemitenews.info/forum/read.php?f=1&i=4843&t=4798

When I first used the Curry Village showers in 2007 I was charged $3 but never given a receipt, nor asked to produce one at the shower room. The second time I tried it I was told to just do it without paying by the desk clerk, who even offered me a towel. Kind of reminds me of the day I took a bus and the driver put his hand in front of the fare box so I wouldn't do it. I don't think it was a free fare day as I saw others boarding with fare receipt/transfers.

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 12:18PM
y_p_w wrote:

> The showers at Curry Village seem to be enforced now for either
> a receipt or guest key.

That's because you talked about it here winking smiley

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 01:55PM
eeek wrote:

> y_p_w wrote:
>
> > The showers at Curry Village seem to be enforced now for
> either
> > a receipt or guest key.
>
> That's because you talked about it here winking smiley

I don't think I can take credit for that. I'm not that important in the cosmic scheme of things. If I can quote a line from a movie...

I'm nothing. I'm navel lint!

Seriously - I did a search for the word "shower" or "showers". The first mention I ever made in this forum of how I was charged (or not) for a shower was in a thread posted by someone complaining that they were charging $5 at Curry Village for non-guests and enforcing it with monitors. Someone had already brought down the hammer before I started discussing it.

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 02:02PM
You did notice the smiley?

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 02:50PM
eeek wrote:

> You did notice the smiley?

Yes. I did refer to myself as "navel lint" did I not?

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 02:57PM
y_p_w wrote:

> eeek wrote:
>
> > You did notice the smiley?
>
> Yes. I did refer to myself as "navel lint" did I not?

Is that lower than Air Force Lint?

Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 08:49PM
Did it ever occur to anyone that those guys demanding the $5 at the shower might just be collecting it for themselves?

I've never asked if it cost, never been asked to pay, and never paid. Not sure what I'd do if someone asked...probably just ignore him, or act like I don't understand.

As far as the Merced, probably no need for soap, as you won't be in it long enough to soap up, at least in winter or spring. The water quickly becomes painful, it's so cold.





Gary
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avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 09:40PM
Sierrafan wrote:

> Did it ever occur to anyone that those guys demanding the $5 at
> the shower might just be collecting it for themselves?

Not if they're requiring payment at the front desk and then setting up attendants at the shower rooms to check for keys or receipts.

They do supposedly charge $5/adult to use the pool for non-guests. I suppose someone could do that, rinse off before entering the pool, and then showering again after the dip. Take a look at "Swimming Pool".

http://www.yosemitepark.com/Accommodations_CurryVillage_GuestServices.aspx

> I've never asked if it cost, never been asked to pay, and never
> paid. Not sure what I'd do if someone asked...probably just
> ignore him, or act like I don't understand.

It might get to a certain point where it doesn't pay to do that. I think that might be when the LE rangers show up to take someone into custody. ;-)

> As far as the Merced, probably no need for soap, as you won't
> be in it long enough to soap up, at least in winter or spring.
> The water quickly becomes painful, it's so cold.

Try your average "polar bear club" where people swim in partially frozen lakes and rivers.

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 10:24PM

> I've never asked if it cost, never been asked to pay, and never
> paid. Not sure what I'd do if someone asked...probably just
> ignore him, or act like I don't understand.
>
That works best at the Ahwanee-- just go from room to room until you find an open door, walk in and use the shower. They have much better equipment and sundries than Yosemite Lodge or Curry.





The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 09:15PM
Hey,
It is possible to cook a pot roast on the hot exhaust manifold of your car. I found this site that generated "unlimited" hot water from the same heat source.
http://www.twine4wdshowers.com.au/

Shower solution found!





The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 09:17PM
Frank Furter wrote:

> It is possible to cook a pot roast on the hot exhaust manifold
> of your car.

Didn't Alton Brown do something like that on his motorcycle?

avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 09:38PM
eeek wrote:

> Frank Furter wrote:
>
> > It is possible to cook a pot roast on the hot exhaust
> manifold
> > of your car.
>
> Didn't Alton Brown do something like that on his motorcycle?
>
Don't know him but this is reportedly a good resource:







The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Any chance for more convenient showers at campgrounds?
April 03, 2009 09:51PM
Frank Furter wrote:

> Don't know him

Here's a start:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KrjeJDNKUA

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