Thanks for the photos and story! Amazing and magical. Then as now. Stories like this are why I read this site. I can't wait for the book.
“There’s just too many damn people in the Valley.” NO DOUBT "In five years this place will be just as crowded." I HAVE A SNEAKING SUSPICION THAT THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN.
I did my first route there 17 years ago and have thought the same thing year after year. Magazine artilces and guidebooks have not changed a thing. The place is damn scary and far from any population density. No crowds then as now.