RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Associated Press:
The man who tumbled from the face of Yosemite National Park’s iconic Half Dome has been identified as a 23-year-old man from the San Francisco Bay area.
Park officials say Ryan Leeder went over the side of the granite dome and fell 2,500 feet Monday evening (Aug. 22), but rangers weren’t able to reach his body until Tuesday afternoon by helicopter.
Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb said Wednesday the Los Gatos man’s death appears to be accidental.
Leeder was hiking alone, and no one at the top of Half Dome saw him fall. The accident was reported by climbers who were ascending at the time.
Officials say Leeder’s death is the 17th to occur in the park or from injuries sustained in the park in what has been one of Yosemite’s deadliest years.
As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 weekend moves closer, fans have already started lining up for campsites in the unreserved campgrounds at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, which open this Saturday (Aug. 27) at 8 a.m.
Anxious fans began lining up outside the speedway ticket office on Monday, a whole five days prior to being allowed to enter the campgrounds, and over a full week in advance of the AdvoCare 500 weekend, Sept. 2-4. They arrived early to be the first in line to secure their campsite. Many of the early arrivals are from local communities in close proximity to the speedway, but a few have come from as far away as Michigan.
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s unreserved campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning this Saturday at 8 a.m. for both RV and tent camping. Unreserved camping spots are $60 per site and can be purchased at the entrance to the campgrounds. All vehicles must have either camping credentials or a tow vehicle pass to enter any campground at the speedway. If needed, tow vehicle passes will be available for purchase at the entrance to the campground.
A limited number of reserved and infield camping sites are still available. Call the speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 for more information. The reserved campgrounds and infield will open for campers on Sept. 1 at 2 p.m.
A new policy for 2011 will require all vehicles to show two tickets for the Sept. 4 AdvoCare 500 race before fans will be allowed to bring their camping vehicle into the campgrounds.
From the Brandon Valley Challenger:
For the third consecutive year, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort of Sioux Falls is welcoming families to get lost in seven acres of twists, turns and dead ends in the world’s only Yogi Bear Corn Maze.
Opening Friday (Aug. 26), the corn maze is located at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at the I-90 Exit 402. Admission is open to the general public and includes the corn maze with two levels of difficulty, jumping pillow, wagon rides and visits by Yogi Bear. Discounts are given to camping guests or groups of 20 or more
“Whether you solve the maze under blue skies, with flashlights, or the light of the moon on a starry night, the maze is fun for all ages,” said Bruce Aljets, owner of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort. “Once again, we are excited to offer folks from the tri-state region a unique, budget-conscious option for the whole family to enjoy.”
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort of Sioux Falls was named Camp-Resort of the Year in 2009 by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The camp-resort has won a number of awards since it was founded in 1989.