Posted on July 15, 2011
You have been warned: DO NOT MESS WITH THE FAIRY SHRIMP AND THEY PROTECTORS.
I got busted with a friend for entering the Del Mar Ecological reserve. We were coming back from black mountain and entered a trail behind a neighborhood way out in the Rancho Peneasquitos area…. I mean MILES from where we were not supposed to show up. We kept going on the trail and this is where we might have messed up. There was a gate, but there was a CLEAR path and no signs for these LITTLE FUCKERS. We kept going, passed a bunch of people (family people, kids, grandpa, etc, etc).
Miles later we come out by the eucaliptus trees and there they were. Two Park Rangers. They were very nice and we followed proper protocol and went our way.
2 months later I get the citation in the mail.
I was shocked. I have been busted for driving with no insurance and that was only $300.
Well yesterday was court day and the line was pretty big. A bunch of criminals, DUI people, tweakers and US (regular people, busted for riding with the Fairy Shrimp).
Lines and more lines, waiting and waiting, but we were finally in the room and our strategy was to plead no contest. After watching 10 people go ahead of us (mind you, REAL criminals) we chit-chatted a bit more, then they called us to the front bench and right there and then I started to ask my buddy if our plead would go OK and when I was about to hear the answer I was called up.
I cracked: GUILTY your honor…
She read the charges, shrugged and asked me WHAT EXACTLY I WAS DOING. She had no idea these fucking shrimp existed. I explained everything, the fee got reduced to $400 and waived if I do not get another citation in the next 12 months.
Relieved I left the room without spending a dime. I learned my lesson (i also learned not to get busted for having pot in the car – automatic 3 year license suspension).
So next time I go mountain biking and someone had the idea of entering a protected area they will have to hand me $900, because that is the fine for the 2nd time.
On a side note, these vernal pools look disgusting. I am not sure why people would want to ride through that huge green pool of what looks like horse semen. Just foul stuff.
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