Dry Tortugas

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Dry Tortugas

Postby Ned Flanders » Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:34 am

Anyone take a day trip from Key West? Is it worth it?

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Re: Dry Tortugas

Postby Beaver » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:24 am

Never been there but sounds like a great place to visit. Would you take a boat or seaplane? It is a national park so it probably is on Republican's chopping block. You better visit soon before they turn it into a casino or dumping grounds. Good news...you can bring your gun, with some restrictions:

https://www.nps.gov/drto/faqs.htm
Are firearms permitted in the Park?
Firearms are permitted within the boundaries of the park, but carrying or possessing a loaded firearm is prohibited inside federal facilities, including the fort, lighthouses, boathouses, etc. All other areas of the park are regulated by state law.

Sounds like an interesting place to work. Can you imagine spending three years there?

https://www.drytortugas.com/faqs/
Do the rangers live at the fort?
Yes! There are about a dozen National Park Service personnel living and working in the Dry Tortugas. The group includes rangers, maintenance workers, and their families—enough to provide for the basic support and protection of the 100–square–mile park. Employees have their own living quarters, complete with a kitchen, living room, and bathroom. Most live within the casemates of the fort. To help maintain their privacy, the housing area is closed to the public.

Rainwater provides employees with some of their fresh water. Using parts of the historic rainwater catchment system (first used in the 1850s), water is stored in a large cistern in the parade ground. A process known as reverse osmosis can also convert up to 1,000 gallons of saltwater into freshwater daily. Electricity is provided by diesel generator. The generator runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, creating enough electricity to power employee residences, offices and public areas.

Job vacancies are filled through competitive hiring. Employees can remain as long as they choose; the typical length of stay is three years. Park staff normally work ten consecutive days. When not working, the staff may choose to stay at the fort during their days off to do the same things that you do on your days off: sleep late, clean house, write letters, do laundry. About once a month a trip to town becomes necessary for running errands, shopping or just to see the latest movie!"

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Re: Dry Tortugas

Postby Ned Flanders » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:38 am

I'm looking at the air boat trip. $175 per person. It's a very long day 7a-7p, but looks awesome.


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