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avatar Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 09:56AM
The Vernal Fall Comfort Station will open for the season on Friday, April 10. The drinking fountain will be turned on as soon as night time temperatures remain above freezing. The composting toilets at Emerald Pool, Nevada Fall, and Little Yosemite Valley remain open all year.

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 12:09PM
eeek wrote:

> The Vernal Fall Comfort Station will open for the season on
> Friday, April 10.
Is there an opening ceremony?





The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 12:42PM
Frank Furter wrote:

> eeek wrote:
>
> > The Vernal Fall Comfort Station will open for the season on
> > Friday, April 10.
> Is there an opening ceremony?

Maybe open to the public but otherwise "closed door"?

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 01:20PM
y_p_w wrote:

> Frank Furter wrote:
>
> > eeek wrote:
> >
> > > The Vernal Fall Comfort Station will open for the season on
> > > Friday, April 10.
> > Is there an opening ceremony?
>
> Maybe open to the public but otherwise "closed door"?
>

Very prompt opening. The NPS didn't stall. Who did they dump on to get this done? Must be proud. Flushed, even. O-pun that comfort station!



Post Edited (04-10-09 13:31)



The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 01:33PM
I suppose they shook hands without washing them first?
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 02:09PM
The NPS has contracted with Mike to post specific instructions on their use.

Jim
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 04:23PM
bill-e-g wrote:

> ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing!!!!)

You sure you don't mean ROFLMFAO?


I can see that I tuned in just at the right time: Potty humor capped off with yet another cryptic contribution from eeeek.....and I thought that I would try LUNCH instead of breakfast this time...!!! Bill-e-g is on a roll of some sort (imagine that emoticom with the rolling eyes that I could not cut and paste)

B
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 04:30PM
Bee wrote:

> Bill-e-g is on a roll of some sort

Charmin?

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 04:36PM
eeek: Charmin?

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something is in the water! The raingear thread started reeking from Bill-e-g's tent accident from last night and it has wafted over to this one!!

Standards!!!

QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 04:42PM
Bee wrote:

> !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something is in the water! The raingear
> thread started reeking from Bill-e-g's tent accident from last
> night and it has wafted over to this one!!

Well, this thread does have the facilities to deal with it.

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 05:07PM
eeeek: Well, this thread does have the facilities to deal with it.

i cant believe I posted onthat thread!! I cringe at the thought of it now...I think to flush the thread is a good idea..!

QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 02:19PM
>The NPS has contracted with Mike to post specific instructions on their use.

ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing!!!!)
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 02:20PM
bill-e-g wrote:

> ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing!!!!)

You sure you don't mean ROFLMFAO?

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 04:37PM
Hey!

I only laughed on this thread!

Hope this link works though:
http://www.amazon.com/Up-Shit-Creek-Collection-Horrifyingly-Misadventures/dp/0898159393/ref=pd_bbs_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1239406420&sr=8-2

I was looking for:
How to Poop in the Woods

but found the above one instead.
also recommended were

Who Cut the Cheese?

hmm...

I wonder if there is a book:

How to Crop Dust in the 21st Century



Post Edited (04-10-09 16:38)



Everything I know I learned from Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 04:44PM
Bill-e-g: I wonder if there is a book: How to Crop Dust in the 21st Century

No no no!! You already have one spoiled thread (which I have sprayed with Lysol and abandoned some time around the taste of salt came in...although there is that reminant adolescent curiosity that is starting to nag at me)

QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 11, 2009 11:30AM
bill-e-g wrote:

> How to Poop in the Woods

Perhaps this will help:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090408104527.htm

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 04:57PM
QB,
You might want to steer clear of the other one...

And do you mean spoiled? Or soiled? (couldn't resist)

I put this into one of the "juicier" posts:

>I don't think QB is gonna be anywhere near this fiasco.
>Plus I'm pretty sure she isn't reading this post anymore after my tent peeing...

smiling smiley

I'll have to snap a pict of that Comfy Station on the way by tmr.
smiling smiley
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 05:03PM
bill-e-g:And do you mean spoiled? Or soiled?


AAAARRRRRGH!!!!!



> I don't think QB is gonna be anywhere near this fiasco.
>Plus I'm pretty sure she isn't reading this post anymore after my tent peeing...<

I put this into one of the "juicier" posts:

JUICIER POSTS???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 05:16PM
You come with me Bee and we'll sit at the grownup's table.





Old Dude
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 05:18PM
Mcondron: You come with me Bee and we'll sit at the grownup's table.

Thank you! It seems that bill-e-g has had a conk on the head or some virus...I hope that it is not contagious!!

QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 05:21PM
Bee wrote:

> Thank you! It seems that bill-e-g has had a conk on the head or
> some virus...I hope that it is not contagious!!

Good news: It's just giardia

Bad News: Doctor House and his team are working on it

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 10, 2009 05:24PM
eeek: good news: It's just giardia

than we isolate bill-e-g and contain the contaminent before it spreads further

eeeek: Bad News: Doctor House

Doctor House is more cracked pottery!

QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 11, 2009 11:28AM
bill-e-g wrote:

> I'll have to snap a pict of that Comfy Station on the way by
> tmr.


http://yosemitephotos.net/main.php/v/yosemite/sh-dscn0552.jpg.html

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 11, 2009 11:37AM
"Comfort Station?" Are there other ammenities offered besides the over-elaborated apon basic fascilities aforementioned of recent? I have never heard of this term of reference: Comfort Station.

QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 11, 2009 12:08PM
Bee wrote:

> "Comfort Station?" Are there other ammenities offered besides
> the over-elaborated apon basic fascilities aforementioned of
> recent? I

Just toilets and sinks.

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 11, 2009 01:07PM
eeek,

Don't see any steam coming out of that one. If it doesn't have a steam bath I'm not interested.

Jim
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 11, 2009 01:25PM
tomdisco wrote:

> Don't see any steam coming out of that one.

If you do, you may want to wait a bit before entering.

avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 11, 2009 02:16PM
eeek wrote:

> Bee wrote:
>
> > "Comfort Station?" Are there other ammenities offered besides
> > the over-elaborated apon basic fascilities aforementioned of
> > recent? I
>
> Just toilets and sinks.

If you scan the facility descriptions for campsites on Recreation.gov, "comfort station" is often the code they've got for bathrooms with running water. The alternative seems to be "vault toilet" for campgrounds without running water but with outhouses. I guess "pit toilet" or "outhouse" just doesn't cut it any more.

"Comfort station" actually has a Wikipedia article (as well as a slang definition I won't get into here). They define it as an outhouse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_station_(rest)

I looked up some images, and this is actually a sign at Shenendoah National Park:



This is the roadside sign in Sweden alerting to the presence of one:



avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 11, 2009 02:29PM
wow; thanks for this comprehensive overview. I should come with a disclaimer "warning: she is at a cultural and (sometimes) language disadvantage, but her intellect is (somewhat) intact".

Outside the US, to say "Bathroom" is a very descriptive term that may get you an answer of "NO!" if you pose your question of general facilities in this fashion. Foreign language is far more specific and far more descriptive than english(a language that only has ONE way to say I love you, while Italian has at least five....but I digress)

B
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 14, 2009 11:51AM
As promised:
smiling smiley
btw.. on the way down from Clark Pt. someone was cooking bacon... (no kidding)
we smelled the delicious smell of bacon as we walked by the comfy station
(we took the horse trail down) (and NO we did not poop on the trail!)
the pict is on the way up ... on Sat...
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 15, 2009 02:38PM
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 15, 2009 05:58PM
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bill-e-g
Hope this link works:

http://travel.msn.com//Guides/MSNTravelSlideShow.aspx?cp-documentid=1003838&imageindex=1

The turkish toilet (#8) looks quite challenging.

The most memorable commodes I have "seen" have been some of the backcountry spots in Glacier National Park where the toilet seat is without enclosure in the middle of a field usually surrounded by mind-boggling scenery (better than a magazine!). Bears seem to give some outhouses a rough time so they stopped building them in certain locations.



The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 15, 2009 08:35PM
Sitting and thinking:

I wonder how the sewage for Vernal Falls Comfort Station is managed. As delicate and likely to offend the senses as this topic is, it is actually a very important issue for backcountry use. Drainfields for sewage treatment with septic tanks do not work well in the rocky soil of higher elevations. The old fashion outhouse represents a technical challenge to dig as well. Glacier Park spent in the vicinity of one million to build a complex composing toilet at Sperry Chalet only to find that the length of summer and technical details made it almost unmanageable and poorly workable. I think they are now taking the human scat out by helicopter (see below). How is the above ground Lower Yosemite Valley composing toilet working? Apparently the "compost" still need to be hauled out by mule?


http://www.dailyinterlake.com/articles/2005/10/02/news/news02.txt



The cure for a fallacious argument is a better argument, not the suppression of ideas.
-- Carl Sagan
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 15, 2009 08:41PM
I keep telling everybody, you need steam, lots of it.

Jim
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 15, 2009 08:58PM
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Frank Furter
Sitting and thinking:

With an opening line like that, I can see taht this topic isn't going away any time soon, so just for your entertainment, here is a link to a whole other related discussion on the topic -- complete with photos of air-lifting the composting toilets...sheeeesh!

http://www.whitneyportalstore.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/ubb/showflat/Number/60330/page/0/fpart/1

QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 15, 2009 09:33PM
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Bee
With an opening line like that, I can see taht this topic isn't going away any time soon

And you are certainly doing your part to help keep it going (yes, pun intended).
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 15, 2009 11:00PM
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eeek
Quote
Bee
With an opening line like that, I can see taht this topic isn't going away any time soon

And you are certainly doing your part to help keep it going (yes, pun intended).

umm, well, the topic was beginning to recycle itself; there was a need for need for new material...eye rolling smiley

QB
avatar Re: Vernal Fall Comfort Station
April 15, 2009 09:32PM
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I wonder how the sewage for Vernal Falls Comfort Station is managed.

Probably by a pipe that feeds into the Valley's sewer system.
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