Death Valley National Park is cracking down on sidewalk egg frying as the current temperatures are climbing well above 120 degrees. The old time theory “it’s so hot you could actually fry an egg,” is what is drawing so many new comers to the park to make breakfast on the sidewalk. What visitors aren’t aware of is the effort it takes to remove their failed attempts. The staff of the national park has better things to do with their time than to be picking up cartons, broken shells and gunk from what was supposed to be served as sunny side up.
During the heat wave, Death Valley is encouraging visitors to drink plenty of fluids and to leave the egg frying for your home kitchen. “It’s just one more thing to do with a short staff and hot temperatures,” said park spokesperson Cheryl Chipman. “It’s really not appreciated.” The left over garbage is making parking lots and scenic overlooks nothing short of disgusting to look at. “This is your national park. Please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don’t crack eggs on the sidewalks, or the Salt Playa at Badwater.”
It is said that this new outbreak of egg frying all stemmed from a video an anonymous employee posted doing the act on YouTube. The video has now gone viral with almost 100,000 hits. The problem with the copy caters, is that in the video the employee used a frying pan to cook the egg, while people looking to recreate the same reaction to the heat wave are using the actual sidewalks throughout the park. Over heated and understaffed, Death Valley is even turning to its Facebook fan page to try to get the message out to future visitors. They are doing everything that they can to crack down and eliminate the sidewalk egg frying trend.