We were fined $1000 for filming in National Parks (then everything changed)

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Vlog 762 | #vanlife in #Yellowstone, #Wyoming, USA | State 25/50 | Filmed March 15, 2021
In this video, we snag an epic campsite inside #YellowstoneNationalPark and explain all the details that led to us being able to film there again. We try cross country skiing for the first time, then visit Mammoth Hot Springs!
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  • Perhaps you should read the Constitution and the Federalist paper to understand what our founding fathers had in mind when creating our form of government which has LIMITED powers over the citizens.

    Danny WDanny WTunti sitten
  • Great video..Kara...you fell so gracefully 🤣🤣 🤣😭👏👏👏👏💜💜💜💜💜

    Bette LovelaceBette Lovelace2 tuntia sitten
  • 11:10 hahahaahaahh

    Luis Perez ArceLuis Perez Arce8 tuntia sitten
  • Well there goes that for he person who reported/flagged you guys....so nice to see the park from your angle!

    Laady BeeLaady Bee10 tuntia sitten
  • Good news about filming in national parks!

    Susan ShaverSusan Shaver10 tuntia sitten
  • places you need to go in ohio! nelsons ledges-hocking hills-cyahogah falls

    Toby FlendersonToby Flenderson12 tuntia sitten
  • Lololol!!! That's all I can say. 😅😅😅👏👏👏

    Diane SilversteinDiane Silverstein13 tuntia sitten
  • 👀 just a little more than the elephant in the room. 👀........🧸yay! You did it, with the help of the Constitution! Congratulations!🧸

    Fantasy Engineered.Fantasy Engineered.16 tuntia sitten
  • So, so happy "everything changed"!

    Lrn BrgrLrn Brgr18 tuntia sitten
  • You're making me miss my Yellowstone trip from last summer! We got lucky enough to see the biggest pack of wolves that Yellowstone and it was INCREDIBLE. No bears, but hope you get to see some of the predators!

    Passports & PizzapiesPassports & Pizzapies19 tuntia sitten
  • Is Kara still editing videos? I feel like the editing style has changed recently. Still loving your videos though!💕

    Rebekah SRebekah S20 tuntia sitten
  • Snow skiing of any kind burns mega calories and does make you so tired once you come into the warm inside. Love that feeling.

    Jocelyn LongJocelyn Long21 tunti sitten
  • I love how the “strong emotions” comments were cherry picked to show the supportive ones. Just like mine will probably be deleted.

    Phillip DarwinPhillip Darwin22 tuntia sitten
  • This is the life I want to live.

    Dominique MartelloDominique Martello23 tuntia sitten
  • i lovez all your happinness

    Anders StrandbergAnders StrandbergPäivä sitten
  • Wow. I had no idea. I film with my phone and camera in hand. Glad to hear someone paved the way for others.

    My Corner OnlineMy Corner OnlinePäivä sitten
  • lol no one camps in public in the winter . Bet the commie parks dont refund your fine.

    Bee4PC goldrule.Bee4PC goldrule.Päivä sitten
  • i literally can’t stop laughing at her falling

    Juliana dJuliana dPäivä sitten
  • Fake, phony millennials. Just go home.

    T WT WPäivä sitten
  • "Fined for filming in the National Parks"?! For your FIstart videos?! Filming is not a "privilege" on yOUR public land! You have a right to be there doing whatever you please, short of being a jackass of course. Unbelievable! Welcome to the Peoples Republic of the former United States. I hope you are aware that is Totalitarian Leftism, and sadly, Leftism (by any of is countless variations and names) is where we (in the USA) are going, in a hand basket!

    Michael JonesMichael JonesPäivä sitten
  • the portion about the permit just increased my libertarianism by 100 points

    Kayla SmithKayla SmithPäivä sitten
  • So excited to see more of these 😍

    eyfa 88eyfa 88Päivä sitten
  • As a heterosexual male and a years long fan of Kara and Nate I only just realized how good looking Nate is haha! This epiphany occurred at 16:45 of this video 😎✌🏼😂

    Jeremy KelleyJeremy KelleyPäivä sitten
  • I'm obsessed with your adventures! Kara hope your okay that was a wild fall good for you for putting it up it brought a much needed smile to my face 🥰

    Rebecca ArchdekinRebecca ArchdekinPäivä sitten
  • I’m so happy for you being able to film again in national parks. What you do has brought joy to so many. I feel like I know you guys and look forward to each video. PS....I about passed out when you guys were almost in that wreck in the last video. Beyond grateful to God above for keeping you safe.

    James TaylorJames TaylorPäivä sitten
  • Beautiful video, as always! I'm glad you were able to do it. It's also good news about being able to film in National Parks. I was there in Yellowstone last summer. That park is magnificent.

    Jim GreenJim GreenPäivä sitten
  • So ask for your $1K back.

    David YanskyDavid Yansky2 päivää sitten
  • So glad you're filming in the parks! BTW, you do realize that bears hibernate in the winter, right?

    D HarwoodD Harwood2 päivää sitten
  • I love the tatanka's..beautiful beasts..

    patti jopatti jo2 päivää sitten
  • Wow I had NO CLUE we weren't supposed to film in national parks! Glad this isn't the case anymore

    Janna PhenJanna Phen2 päivää sitten
  • Omg you made me laugh so hard I am crying, i woke my husband up from sleeping You saying omg where did all these people come from as your falling down on your way down from mountain this is embarrassing

    Lucia ThomsonLucia Thomson2 päivää sitten
  • That’s interesting that you were even fined at all. I follow another van lifer couple who have visited and filmed in loads of national parks. They returned for covid too and that’s what they did in their van. As far as i know, they’ve never been even close to being fined for such a thing.

    Melanie MelendezMelanie Melendez2 päivää sitten
  • Awesomeness!

    f0t0b0yf0t0b0y2 päivää sitten
  • Nice nice good news

    Christopher LourdesChristopher Lourdes2 päivää sitten
  • WOW! 2,220,000 subscribers. That's quite a feat. I just found your channel so I am embarking on a marathon Kate and Nate viewing. I'll get back to you when I'm done in a couply weeks. :) :)

    David BoehringerDavid Boehringer2 päivää sitten
  • Good to know I'll NEVER go cross-country skiing.

    MadelineMadeline2 päivää sitten
  • Seem to recall reading once that Olympic cross-country skiers had the lowest resting heart rate because it's such a great aerobic exercise.

    E.A. LoomisE.A. Loomis2 päivää sitten
  • Getting pedantic, I know, but isn’t “…involving five people or less…” (in the government form) incorrect? If “…involving five people or less…” referred to a statistical enumeration, it would be okay. I think. As it is, I think It’s wrong.

    E.A. LoomisE.A. Loomis2 päivää sitten
  • I fail to see how you fail to understand what Free Speech means. It's your birthright.

    Arturo SpringsArturo Springs2 päivää sitten
  • Ouch! $1,000? I wonder if the fine was legit? I suppose it's technically possible, technically "commercial" but I agree with the judge saying it was unconstitutional. So, if I film in a National Park with a friend and a group of teenagers, more than 5, share it with students later, does that mean it's commercial if I upload it to FIstart? What's the issue with filming in wilderness areas? I've heard of that in Venezuela (you can be arrested there for filming in a national park! Seriously!), but not here in the states. Perhaps they want people to leave wildlife alone? (That would make sense), yet when filming for research with certain research permits, it begs the question as to where it stops and starts, especiallyfor public educational purposes. We've done plenty of footage & stills in National Parks for that, yet some was with the NPS/Dept of Interior. I'm going to have to look into this! Thanks! I can absolutely see where filming wildlife can be an issue! If everyone went out to film wildlife, it would absolutely disturb the wildlife habitat. Filming wilderness areas without all special permissions, for a specific purpose, especially for commercial purposes, could be problematic for the wildlife, the environment and pose special safety issues for any photographers/cinematographers. Thank you for sharing that tidbit for awareness! I've worked safety in wild areas for cameramen in a research setting. Yes! We had a serious wildlife injury on one trip that without the safety crew, could've easily been a fatality. We were with people very aware of the risks, and the environment there. One person took a risk against her (& the crew's) better judgement, decided to do it anyhow, and nearly lost a limb. She probably still has limitations &/or a disability because of that injury. Injuries and risks while there are wild animals, rugged terrain and/or an aqueous environment involved in the wilderness are no joke- not even with a medical staff, equipment and supplies with us. There are no hospitals, surgery theaters in the wilderness or on the water (generally- 1 exception would be the 2 navy ships and some drilling platforms have a stepped up clinic. There are a few in the woods too, but very few and far between!) Basically, if you take pictures and/or video in the parks, stay on the trails and public areas, unless you have experience and training to deal with wilderness situations, then your crew would check in (and out!) with rangers! Rescuers can, and often do, get into trouble rescuing people who go beyond their limitations, who don't plan a trip with rangers, who ignore weather conditions and warnings, and thus even if you go out there, accept the risks, etc., if you get lost or injured, you will be possibly putting some other people's lives in danger too, without realizing it. For those who do it anyhow, expect to have to self-rescue, be self-sufficient and don't expect someone to bail you out if you haven't pre-arranged a crew yourself. Thank you again for sharing this info!

    Carol ReidCarol Reid2 päivää sitten
  • Thank you for yuor honest apporoach and details. Sad that citizens "cannot" film in National Parks. I think you were fortunate to get a judge that seemed to agree with you. Yes, keep it family friendly. Yours is one of the few channels that is both fun and informative. BTW, my wife and I (each in 60s now) both said how much we would have enjoyed your "job" if it ha been available. We traveled a lot back in the day, but it wasn't the same. Thanks for giving us a renewed experience. Remain safe. Keep traveling. In-joy.

    Mike NixonMike Nixon2 päivää sitten
  • Why is it illegal to film in a national park? Any filming or are there certain protected areas where they don’t what the habitat disturbed?

    Delft BlueDelft Blue3 päivää sitten
  • Great watching your videos here in Margaret River Western Australia. Makes me want to hit the road and explore this great continent!! All the best guys!!

    Brendan TaylorBrendan Taylor3 päivää sitten
  • That is absurd! Getting fined. I would refuse to pay on Principle- and accept the consequences.

    Matthew BrownMatthew Brown3 päivää sitten
  • Starting @7:30. Please consider the point of the federal judge striking down the regulation under the auspices of the first amendment. "So annoying" speech is especially protected under the first amendment. "Freedom of speech doesn't protect speech you like; it protects speech you don't like." -Larry Flint @8:00: Just like the rest of the bill of rights, it is a right not a privilege.

    Ned SurfNed Surf3 päivää sitten
  • Steve Lehto (a lawyer) recently did a video about a federal court tossing out the permit requirement in Ep: 7.280. Anyway, I can't wait for your return to international travels.

    Steve HollingworthSteve Hollingworth3 päivää sitten
  • Beautiful!!!! Safe travels!!!

    Kathy HeplerKathy Hepler3 päivää sitten
  • Stop saying your right to free speech is a privilege become it’s not. The government was actively violating your rights and even fined you for exercising them. You should be pissed and you shouldn’t be acting like you’re walking on egg shells with the government. Your rights are inalienable and are granted to you at birth by god not the government.

    RedactedTXRedactedTX3 päivää sitten
  • I know you see yourselves as "victims" but you are responsible for researching the rules and requirements for areas that you visit whether they are public or private areas. The requirements are not secret and had you taken the time to do responsible research you would have avoided this situation.

    SmokeyhamSmokeyham3 päivää sitten
  • Yes a good judge

    yep meyep me3 päivää sitten
  • I am thrilled with the news for the independent filmmakers! I am inspired to go explore and share my experiences. I’m confused about something. You mentioned no wilderness areas. What does that mean?

    Sonya SzywalaSonya Szywala3 päivää sitten
  • HaHa. -9°C. That pretty much sums up why there were lots of available camping sites! Great video!

    Chris McMahonChris McMahon3 päivää sitten
  • Shout out to the guy who sued! This is GREAT news! Our travel mostly consists of National Parks, so I am incredibly excited that I can actually publish my videos made of National Parks!!!!!!

    Brenna's Picture Perfect AdventuresBrenna's Picture Perfect Adventures3 päivää sitten
  • Thank you so much for spreading the word on the new policies for filming in parks. The new limits seem much more reasonable-and supportive of Independant artists. I loved today’s film. I still remember my first x-country ski day, and I also thought it was wonderful, and enjoyed many trips over my 30-40 years of vacations in the Rockies and CA Sierra’s!! Bravo! You captured it perfectly. *I’m relieved to know that the restrictions were intended to prevent damage to the parks and not for some exclusive “sales of marketing rights” boondoggle.

    Ellyn MerydithEllyn Merydith3 päivää sitten
  • When as a young naval officer and I was stationed in Idaho Fall, Idaho for nuclear propulsion training, I would get a 4 day weekend as I recall. When the roads were NOT black ice, I would drive up north and come back down to the NW entrance. Back then, I took slides and the slides are somewhere, NOT yet digitized. But the scenes I saw will never be forgotten. At that time, I used the car and a heavy sleeping bag PLUS other blankets. I remember a few pictures of the moon setting toward the west over a snow covered mountain. The wildlife pictures during the winter are much better than the summertime variety as I remember the wildlife was worried more about survival than me taking telephoto pictures. Thank you so much for bringing back those memories! And informing me about the ruling that STOPPED the NP Nazi's from their idiotic commercial fees for amateur FIstartRS who make a few $$ with videos. The socialists haven't won, and they are NOT going to!

    SCGATOR2001SCGATOR20013 päivää sitten
  • If you're talking about how to pick up girls, you should be on the beach, not at a National Park! I'm talking about what Nate said at 7:24

    Travelers ParadiseTravelers Paradise3 päivää sitten
  • Just found your channel or it found me. Glad!!!

    Robert McDonnoldRobert McDonnold4 päivää sitten
  • So, are you getting your money back or no?

    Sean RocheSean Roche4 päivää sitten
  • Great video that was both nice and interesting! Gave me a lot of inspiration for my own videos.😄👍😄

    Chasing the Wow Effect!Chasing the Wow Effect!4 päivää sitten
  • Why so judgmental towards the confidence teaching guys? 😅 You might wanna open your mind and have a conversation with them

    Mario SilvaMario Silva4 päivää sitten
  • The "Elephant in the Room" is Government; i.e. The Judicial "System" and extreme, greed ridden, superfluous laws/bills. These cretin career politicians/lobbyists/corporate worms, ARE NOT IN OUR BEST INTEREST! :o)

    Ned RyersonstonNed Ryersonston4 päivää sitten
  • A good name for the sleep app would be Mellowstone haha (:

    Amanda DupreeAmanda Dupree4 päivää sitten
  • Awesome!!!!!!!

    Shayne Johnston56Shayne Johnston564 päivää sitten
  • Omg I’m so happy for you guys and everyone else! Keep up the great videos.

    Louis HernandezLouis Hernandez4 päivää sitten
  • glad you guys love filming yourselves, but I was hoping to learnsomething about the park.

    Dennis SmalleyDennis Smalley4 päivää sitten
  • You also need to teach a course on how to create awesome videos. So great to watch.

    Rachel SchoeftnerRachel Schoeftner4 päivää sitten
  • Park looks awesome.

    Dean WinchesterDean Winchester4 päivää sitten
  • My first trip to ski in Colorado, YEARS ago, I thought Cross Country would be an easier way to learn! Boy, was it work! Loved the idea you could stop and take in the scenery though. Great video!

    Sheryl HSheryl H4 päivää sitten
  • Sounds like a really good program may be something I should think about doing thank you so much for the great information you guys are awesome

    Grandma SandyGrandma Sandy4 päivää sitten
  • So happy to hear this I am going to Yellowstone this coming year and I do have a FIstart channel very small FIstart channel and all I’ll be taking is my tablet and my cell phone that’s it and I do have about 2000 followers so I’m pretty small. And I do film all the time and put it up on my channel I didn’t know I was breaking the law. I’ve even put some of this footage of Yellowstone seven years ago up but like I said I filmed everything with a tablet or a phone and at that time I had maybe 300 followers. Thank you so much for this great information knowing now I don’t have to be worried hopefully Hugs and kisses from grandma Sandy

    Grandma SandyGrandma Sandy4 päivää sitten
  • My husband and I went to Yellowstone in 1994 for our honeymoon. It was shortly after the fires had gone through. What an amazing memorable experience..

    Jody BudmanJody Budman4 päivää sitten
  • Kara and Nate, your videos are so good. It is much better to watch your videos than to watch something on tv for which we have to pay or getting a Netflix subscription. And most of all your videos are so entertaining. And I love the energy of Kara in the videos. K and N you are the best. May be when covid ends you can visit the remaining countries too. Love from India.

    Ayush TahAyush Tah4 päivää sitten
  • It disturbing that the goverment wants people to pay for a permit to film when there a tourists doing the same thing. It's mind-boggling af. Smh.

    ringsliderringslider4 päivää sitten
  • Best video ever! I want to go...

    Maryam AbdullahMaryam Abdullah4 päivää sitten
  • Could you imagine when you could see bison herds in herds in the thousands.

  • Sorry, but I don't think this is good news. This makes it possible for large, potentially disruptive and environmentally harmful shoots to happen in our national parks! There's a reason the Fed Gov wanted to protect these places; commercial shooting isn't always exactly careful about how they treat the places they film! Have you guys ever SEEN a commercial film sight? Why does EVERYTHING in this benighted nation have to be about making money? Sometimes the freedom to 'do what you want' can ruin things for everyone else, like pristine, protected wild portions of our nation.

    Jenny CaneenJenny Caneen4 päivää sitten
  • Wait are you allowed to film in National parks tho

    Vanessa NoelVanessa Noel5 päivää sitten
  • Wow am amazed by the connection of you two...this video was magical and the scenery is awesome

    Nyanzi HenryNyanzi Henry5 päivää sitten
  • Look into the ''missing 411'' and you'll start to understand WHY ''someone'' doesn't want people filming in wilderness areas of national parks ! Entertain the FACT for just a moment that there is ''something'' in national parks that is causing the LITTERAL disappearance [most times w/o a TRACE] of hikers ,climber's and nature enthusiast's in EVERY national park wilderness area across our country ! This is ''something'' that if KNOWN to the population would most likely cause people to avoid these areas and cause serious alarm in a HUGE percentage of said population ! Here are some VERY strange FACTS ! The National Park Service does NOT keep a list or database of ANY person/persons that go missing INSIDE national park boundaries ! This is HUGE in a of itself since EVERY law enforcement agency in the WHOLE country from small local PD's to the big 3 letter agencies keeps and relies on a data base of missing people and it is strangely counter intuitive to ACTUALLY believe that the NPS wouldn't keep a list/data of the number of people that disappear in OUR parks every year [look it up for yourself don't take my word for it] Yosemite has more people ''disappear'' every year than ANY other national park most under normal circumstances BUT there IS a percentage that go missing under VERY strange circumstance's ! Again PLEASE DONT take my word for it look up for yourself ,the work [missing411] by David Paulides a former police officer who has dedicated his life to documenting FACT's , understanding and disseminating to US / the public the facts on what exactly is happening to the MANY people who go missing in wilderness areas all across the country under VERY strange & specific circumstances ! #missing411 #davidpaulides

    cottonmouth71cottonmouth715 päivää sitten
  • I head to Yellowstone next Friday after skiing in Big Sky, Montana the week before we go.

    Melissa LongoMelissa Longo5 päivää sitten
  • Have you guys every done/considered a collab with Yes Theory? I feel like your content would compliment each other well

    Nina ZackNina Zack5 päivää sitten
  • I’m watching this at 5:22am before work and I’m trying so hard not to laugh at some parts and wake up the rest of my family 🤣

    Karlie SheaKarlie Shea5 päivää sitten
  • Great video guys!!

    Seb ThomasSeb Thomas5 päivää sitten
  • You have over one million subs and get good views which means you probably make better money then most and live it up while doing so stop crying about 1000 dollars big baby

    Lalo GarciaLalo Garcia5 päivää sitten
  • Also the skiing reminded of my time in a boarding school in Lithuania, back in the minties... Speak of the climate change... Every winter and Christmas snow fall was guaranteed and we took cross country skiing lessons and got grades for it, now most of the winter has rain for Christmas 🙈

    Lisbon TVLisbon TV5 päivää sitten
  • The bisons are amazing, I visited Yellow Stone national park in the summer and was taken aback by the size of them, massive creatures! I also enjoyed the jolly mountain goats as well, thought they were just so funny and skillfull!

    Lisbon TVLisbon TV5 päivää sitten
  • AHHHH THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!!! I was SO bummed when that happened last year. THIS IS AMAZING NEWS!!!!! I can’t wait to see all the new videos!!! 🥰🥰 Y’all should go to Glacier National Park and Zion!!!

    Jennifer FrongiaJennifer Frongia5 päivää sitten
  • The other FIstartr was a pick up artist? Eww

    ChippylalaChippylala5 päivää sitten
  • So much fun to watch you both!!

    Di ODi O5 päivää sitten
  • Hallelujah!!

    Sarah MarchukSarah Marchuk5 päivää sitten
  • So happy to hear that you can film in national parks! I love watching your videos.👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

    GloGlo5 päivää sitten
  • 🙈 Excited about signing up for Simplisafe...... To protect our 1984 Itasca Winnebago 28ft Class A motorhome!!🌻#davesandersstepdaughter

    Trauma Survivor CynthiaTrauma Survivor Cynthia5 päivää sitten
  • Government $$$ grab.....so ridiculous.

    WilsonRydeR69WilsonRydeR695 päivää sitten
  • I am so glad that you are able to film in National Parks. America has gorgeous parks. I was so sad when you were in Washington State and could not film our lovely Olympic National Park and Hoh Rain Forest. I know the rest of the country has so much to offer as well and I cannot wait to see it. 😊

    Lisa SchweizerLisa Schweizer5 päivää sitten
  • Yellowstone is awesome!

    Christy JChristy J5 päivää sitten
  • How are you going to get your van to Hawaii?

    Madison TelferMadison Telfer5 päivää sitten
  • Great news about lifting of the need for a permit !! .. Finally common sense prevails. Surely the powers that be can realise that your level of production is reaching the whole planet....and you are doing nothing more than promoting your beautiful amazing National Parks in the US to the world. The diversity of wildlife, climate, topography and just sheer beauty of your National Parks should be celebrated....and enjoyed by everyone lucky enough to visit them.....Can't wait for my next opportunity to get back there !!!

    Paul JabsPaul Jabs5 päivää sitten
  • what an amazing video I love evrything about it !!!

    Lavie AnfòmLavie Anfòm5 päivää sitten
  • Great news. Doubtful that the bear are out yet. Wolf frequent the back country

    Dave BonesDave Bones5 päivää sitten
  • That's Great news!! Does this mean you'll get refunded these 1000usd back?

    AnnemarieAnnemarie5 päivää sitten