They were smoking a marijuana joint.
I have been a national park ranger for a solid 10 years. I chose to join the National Park Service, because I truly wished to make a difference. I suppose it is imperative to save the national parks and I wanted to be an actual part of the solution instead of the drawback. I joined the Park Service as a ranger. I cleaned up leaves and assisted with getting the parks set for the busy season when tourists would arrive… Eventually I moved up the ladder and became a ranger director, and then I was promoted to the position of head forest ranger in the park. I am pretty much always on patrol. I drive up and down the mountain in my cruiser, watching for potential issues. I had to kick a couple of people out of the park not too long ago and it was the first time I ever felt especially angry and upset with someone. I came across the hikers and they did not hear me walking up at all. They were smoking a marijuana joint. Marijuana is legal in this state, but all of us have signs all over the park that say no marijuana or smoking is permitted in the park, as forest fires are a substantial problem! When the multiple men heard my footsteps, they flipped the last of the marijuana joint into the woods so they couldn’t be caught. I actually made the men search through the brush and the leaves for the marijuana joint. It could have ended up in a forest fire. I can’t even remember a time when I have felt more angry.