Just seeing if anyone else got a parking ticket here before?
After recieving it I checked the location where to pay. Noticed the "pay here" sign is below the stop sign about 3 ft off the ground. When I drove in a truck was parked there. I could only see the top of the stop sign NOT the "pay here" sign.
This was only the third time at Lick Forks, 1st time was at the lot down by section 3. The other time was the SMC when someone was on the road. I honestly did not see the sign. the other signs on the way in I noticed but was either expecting a person or something more obvious.
In my 23 years of driving I only recieved one parking ticket and 1 speeding ticket before both in the late 80's. I am usally not a complainer but I really do feel I was "wronged" for the fine because of the poor "pay here" signage.
"The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator" -Louis Pasteur
I did get a lecture a few years ago when I only put in a dollar (all I had, and had paid the $2 fee at least 3 times that month). But, it is marked on the way in. There are signs (blue I think) near the entry gate - "Fee Area" and one more farther down (brown maybe) - "Fee Station Ahead". Now I buy the yearly pass just to avoid the hassle of the fee station, and I still park outside the park - something about the gates maybe?
But you knew you had to pay, so you should have looked for it. It sucks it was hard to see tho.
The most I've been confused is at a place up in the mtns. They had a pay station, envelopes, drop box, but there wasn't a price anywhere. 4 of us looked for a good 10 minutes. We took our chances and didn't pay. Luckily we didn't get busted.
Brian, you know that YC and I had come out earlier that day and cut some trees out. We came back from cutting just before you guys were ready to take off for the ride. I still had a few tweaks to her new 575, and didn't want to hold up the group, so we told Paul for ya'll to take off and we would do another lap when we could.
After I adjusted the shock pressure and saddle angle, a ranger pulled up. He started walking around and we both walked up and greeted him. He asked about the "event". I told him it was not an "event" (which requires a permit), but instead our monthly group ride. He walked around and looked at every vehicle, which numbered what, at least 20? Only two cars did not have either passes or stubs visible. He went out of his way to look in the vehicles for a stub that perhaps was not displayed on the dash but perhaps left in the cup holder.
We talked with him, and I offered to go get envelopes and pay for the two cars. He made a comment that I won't repeat here, and I then mentioned that I was not going to tell him how to do his job. I was here to ride a bike and everyone that parked in the lot to ride with our group knew there was a fee for Horn. He thanked me for the volunteer work, shook my hand, and I rode off with YC.
I watched him drive over to the host's site and park. I thought he was going to look the other way at that point.