It's interesting how different folks view camping, and how the progression often works. Myself, I still prefer tent camping backpacking style, but age, and the wifes hip make that a poor option for us most of the time. For national parks etc. I had a tent trailer, then went up to a class A which I found I didn't really like. In the sorts of areas I could take it, it seemed more easier to just motel camp. Next came a 19ft travel trailer, which could get in to most places, but the wife thought it cramped so we stepped up to a 25 foot TT. For the most part, we only use it for Forest service sorts of camping, and find we end up finding motel camping more to our liking for hitting the city sorts of trips.
The bad thing is, when you "Buy Local" It often doesn't mean it's a local produced product. This year when buying the little bundles of firewood at a store near where we were camped recently in both Utah, and Colorado, it turns out the wood came from Montana. Go figure...
I'm not a fan of Politics of progressive insurance, but wouldn't necessarily let it keep me from buying the insurance if the business practices were good. Based on what I've heard from friends that used Progressive though, and documented customer service like the following keep me from even thinking about it.
Progressive goes to court against their customer.
Actually, his rzr was well configured, the custom cage held up well, and with a little more experience he should make that one next time. A little better approach angle and he almost certainly would have made it. Even in the situation he found himself in, he had a sporting chance or rolling out had he backed out of the throttle a little and nosed her back downhill. He needs to re think the helmet he was using though. I'm not sure what it was he was using.
Having participated in hard core off roading of trucks for years, and the last 4 years or so with a rzr, that was a climb many would attempt. Yea, sometimes your results are somewhat exciting like what happened here, but for those involved in the game, re-building the machine and making it even tougher and more capable is part of the fun.
One thing for certain (we just spent a week in Yellowstone and stayed in FSCG, my sixth trip since the 1980's) that park looks NOTHING like the original developers viewed it when they protected the land.
Far as I'm concerned, the development has gotten way out of control, and the crowds unbelievable. NO WAY can we protect this park from the "progress of cell phone, FHU, and eventual destruction over time". And that is truly unfortunate.
If and when we decide to truly protect these national park and forest lands, we can only do that if we return to more primitive style campgrounds. Only that way, can the people that visit Yellowstone and other parks understand the original intent of wilderness protection within the national parks and forests systems.
Given the sheer size of the human population, and the resulting large number of people trying to enjoy the "outdoors", it isn't possible to keep things as they were without banning people or at least significantly limiting the numbers that are allowed into the "protected" areas. Kind of a catch 22. We desire to preserve the beauty, which can only be done if we prevent ourselves from seeing and enjoying it.
Having explored and enjoyed so much of the backcountry areas for decades, I'm amazed at how many people now venture out, and how many areas now have lottery permit systems to allow visitation now. As a person who often attends land use discussions, I anticipate that camping, and venturing into the back country are something that will change significantly in the next 20 years or so.
Finally, back to the cell phone discussion, I still find that at least a third of the state of Utah still doesn't have coverage, and we don't miss it at all. Of our camping trips this year we only spent about a fourth of it in areas that had cell phone coverage. It's kind of nice in that we don't get any "work" calls, and don't have to feel guilty about being dishonest when we say there wasn't phone coverage available.