sandwedge wrote in post #18095643
Yikes! I was definitely in the closed off area. I definitely would not have been there had I known. I even thought that I should check beforehand, but internet access is so sketchy out there. I figured if there weren't signs I would be ok.
None of those excuses are acceptable in my opinion, so I'm pretty embarassed right now.
If the trail was not marked and you were therefore unaware that it was closed, I wouldn't be too hard on yourself. You appear to be very concerned about observing and obeying the restrictions in the park, which is the most important thing.
When we were in YNP last year, I witnessed a woman in her late 20's or early 30's walking out in one of the geothermal areas at least 50 yards away from the boardwalks to take a selfie, completely disregarding the signs. When she got back to the boardwalk I confronted her, and her attitude was that she really didn't give a crap. Unfortunately, there was no ranger around to report her. I still get pissed off when I think about it.