Of course my use of the word "dumb" was not totally accurate...but more of a play off what you said. That particular location was a bit off for me, especially relative to the remarkability of where I traveled just prior to getting there. (The opposite direction you and most others arrive there)
Not to hijack the thread too much...perhaps if I had had more of the "unmentionables" with me during my night there, it would have been a more positive experience??? 3 bears circled us all evening though, so I am not sure that would have been the best combo.
Sorry you caught the Yosemite guys on a bad day. Yosemite's popularity combined with it's relative easy access by 20 million state residents or so might make it a weird place to be in the overall "park system". If I wanted to be in the Front or Back Country as a ranger, I think I would avoid Yosemite (possibly most places in California all together) and anywhere along the Mexican border. It seems the joy of being in such grandeur every day would be tainted by either too many folks there for the wrong reason or who were abusive. I suppose I can see where some of the people start to develop a negative attitude. And do we, as a government, offer enough pay to attract and keep the best people in those kind of jobs? My guess is, if we cannot do it for teachers, than we cannot for rangers.
I can vouch that a ranger on horseback there several years ago past my group twice as we made our way up the canyon wall. He did not bubble over with personality, but in retrospect, I think he was making sure we survived the wicked heat and the 1800 feet in 2.5 miles or whatever the ridiculous thing was. He seemed to pass us right as we crested the hill. I also saw someone getting a ticket at the entrance gate. I think they are tired of the folks who break the rules.