Dear Park Rangers,
First off I wanted to let you know that I totally understand the whole "only 20 permits a day" system -- if too many people trample all over nature we’ll ruin the very thing we're hiking to see. That said I had a few ideas of how to improve your current permit distribution system. Right now you allow me to either procure a permit 4 months in advance [which doesn’t work for me since I decided I wanted to go 5 days in advance] or enter a lottery the day before I want to go hiking [which creates a huge risk for me by driving hundreds and hundreds of miles to *maybe* go on this hike.] I mean, it’s great that you’re already catering to both plan-ahead and last-minute type hikers, it just that this isn’t fully addressing my needs which I assume is your second highest priority (after the not trampling nature thing.)
I propose a permit system that allows 21 visitors per day (one more probably won’t hurt and the math is easier this way.) 7 of those permits will be given away in advance per the current system because if you somehow know what you’ll want to do 120 days in the future you should be rewarded. Another 7 of those permits should be given away the day of by lottery. This is similar to the current system only I made it same day because otherwise I’m stuck there for a whole day waiting for my hiking day. And let’s be honest here -- nature is kind of in the middle of nowhere. The final 7 permits will be given away 3 days in advance to the highest bidder via auction. This lets the park benefit from our free market economy which your current system, with its $7 permits, isn’t really doing. [Google for supply and demand and you’ll see that you’re really missing out on a huge payday!] This also provides me a way, with limited notice, to ensure my travel plans will be fruitful provided I’m willing to pony up the cash.
Thank you for your time and consideration. See you this weekend.
Remember, only you can prevent forest fires,