Fur and loafing

  • Cartoon from "Fur and Loafing"

    Phil Frank
  Cartoonist Phil Frank, creator of the San Francisco Chronicle's cartoon strip, "Farley," has devoted a lot of ink since 1986 to the political travails of Yosemite National Park in California. This is a park so loved - and so roaded - it is visited by more than 3 million people each year. In hilarious fashion, Frank has created a dysfunctional array of park residents, including Ranger Stern Grove, "a bear management officer with a chip on his shoulder. Thinks the bears are lazy bums. He is right." The bears include three dumpster divers from the Bay city, all terrified of their new homes in the wild. Then there's bureaucrat Horace Malone who "prefers his oaks as office paneling," and the indomitable tourist Velma Melmac, who runs a leaf blower over trails and sports a tattoo: "Death to Dirt." "''''How do the bears mesh with the folks in RVs? You'll find out, and laugh, while reading Fur and Loafing in Yosemite: A Collection of Farley Cartoons set in Yosemite National Park (for a preview, see pages 12-13).


The $12.95 paperback is published by the nonprofit Yosemite Association, P.O. Box 230, El Portal, CA 95318 (209/379-2646); Web site http://yosemite.org. The group is "dedicated to the support of Yosemite" and over the last decade has donated $3.5 million to the park.


*Betsy Marston