Re: Getting around SOSMP especially during Wanee
Ditto on the bicycle being #1. Pattie and I have a tandem Mountain bike, and it was a *blast* during bear creek.
However, for many a bicycle is not a valid option, due to health.
Gas VS Electric.. charging is the big difference. They both throw dust, so thats a moot point.
If you have a site with electricity, charging is not a big deal. Park it, plug it EVERY time... you will be fine. For those who camp in primitive, it can be a hassle. Nothing worse than having to push , or worse yet abandon cart due to low charge. Gas is easier to find than finding charging facilities at the park.
Gas carts RUNNING CORRECTLY
will put of negligible fumes. Having said that, this last weekend at the park there was some di*khead running around in a cart lifted 3 feet and smoking like mosquito control. Easy way to get all to hate gas carts.
Gas carts (stock) generally have more consistent power, and more power period. Generally speaking. There are scary fast electric carts... but they suck up battery power.
Now the $$$. The park wants to discourage carts, so they have a $200 fee just top get it in the gate. One must also get insurance, but that is reasonable, it cost me ~$80 for a years coverage. Should you have a handicap, and a state exemption or permit, the $200 fee is waived as the cart is a 'medical device'.
The Park has rentals, but they are ~$125 a DAY if I remember correctly. The rentals are generally sold out in the first day, or even before. Not to mention they are poorly maintained. Count on at least one flat tire when you pick it up. When I use a rental there, I *always* bring my own tire gauge and air chuck. Air gauge to measure the pressure (duh..) and the air chuck because they take the one out of the compressor at night sometimes. (for those so inclined, they use the Milton 'm' style of fitting.)
So... bikes are greenest, but the most work. Carts are worse environmentally, but have the benefit of being able to pick up passengers along the way. And give people tours around the park. And carry firewood, ice and/or other weighty supplies. And, and... well... Sort of an apples and oranges comparison. Money and transport issues aside, I like to bring BOTH.
A close second is bring a bike, have friends with a cart.