This is one time... I step outside that self imposed, limitation.
First, let me say I will not tolerate, Flaming, insulting, or otherwise degrading any of my readers... by any other... of my readers. I possess the ability to lock out any who violate those rules of behavior. If you can not come here, and communicate with decency and respect... you will be prohibited from coming here at all. I've done it before... I'm willing to do it again. Enough said.
Now... Something I find ridiculous is the notion that I must stand by, and defend someone... blindly... simply because they are "One of Us."... to use a significant exaggeration, to make my point, that would be like the German people defending the right of Adolf Eichmann to do what he did.
If an RVer expects me to defend their right to access, or an ATVer, or a Mountain Biker, or a Motorcyclist, of a Fisherman, Hunter, Hiker or whatever other sub group you care to mention... they are REQUIRED to behave with proper care and respect.
There are dedicated, patient and well funded groups who do worship the earth, and who do seek to reduce if not eliminate our access to as much of it as possible. To allow, without criticism, the careless, and wanton mutilation of public lands by unthinking, uncaring, dis-respectful RVers, Hikers, Hunters, and yes... ATV'ers... is to hand a large stick to our "enemies" to Beat us with.
That is not a foolishness you'll see me commit. If you do something stupid and rude... Expect... to hear, at least my "Voice"... castigating you for it.
When actions such as I have witnessed over the last couple of days are taken... they do severe and direct injury to everyone who loves the mountains and hungers to be in them. These actions are ammunition for those who wish it... to restrict our access to the mountains we love... and for that reason... when people such as my recent "neighbors"... do what they do... They MUST experience Consequences for their poor behavior.
I am NOT a greenie, an environmentalist or any other such group, which I consider to be just another variety of Political Racism.
I do NOT worship the Earth... and do NOT put it's "Rights" before the Rights of Man. I do however, behave as a Carpenter does, toward his tools. As a Carpenter shows respect for the tools of his trade, the tools that feed him, I show respect for the Land. I show respect for the creation that provides my physical subsistence as well as food for my Soul.
That said... I currently reside in what was a beautiful Meadow... and will be here for a few more days...
|*The Area of the "Camp"... a couple days, before the "Incident"...|
I found, only the center of the Meadow was firm enough to allow that, and I pulled my rig into position without damage... barely leaving any sign at all...
|*MY Dispersed Camped - in the SAME meadow - Without Damage*|
They set their trailers and went home to wait on the Memorial Day weekend... when they returned with far too many rigs, far too many people... and far to much IMPACT on too tight and too fragile a piece of ground.
Their children ran circles around the camp, for an hour at a time... grinding the grass into mud. I watched them drive their ATV's up onto the slopes behind the camp... luckily, rocky enough to endure a little more abuse than the Meadow.
They sunk their trucks, their trailers, and their jeeps, deep into the mud...
|*When people see this... How would YOU expect them to React?*|
|*These pics are taken from the position of the two trees above*|
Is some of this damage repairable? Of course... given time and effort... but... why should it need to be repaired? So that callous, unthinking, dis-respectful RVers/ATVers can shove their way through life, abusing the land, the people who came before... and left it in the condition these bozos found it? and... abuse the people who come AFTER... and have to endure this disgrace? .... So that these useless eaters can continue their disgusting ways... Without Consequence?
And who's going to do the "Remedial" work? The Forest Service? With what funds?
The simple truth is... Scenes such as this... replayed all across the country ARE THE TOOLS used by those who wish to lock us out... Scenes such as this... replayed across the country ARE THE WEAPONS that are being used to Eliminate our Access.
For me to say nothing... for me to "Be Polite" and respect the "Access Rights" of simple minded people such as those who inflicted this disrespect... on the Lands that belong to Us All...Would be dishonorable and Cowardly in the extreme.
If You want to defend your Public Lands Access... You Must Be... INTOLERANT ... of willful abuse such as this.
...and it doesn't end here... There were close to a dozen kids in that camp... being taught by their parents... that THIS... is the way you do it... perpetuating this despicable behavior... Long into the future...
... and then they left...
|*4x4... don't get your tires dirty!*|
Only.. the locusts hadn't yet torn enough up... They couldn't just stay in the already established "Road Way" ...
... No... they had to drive over in the, as yet undamaged sod on the side...
... widening the entrance to this dispersed camp area... by something like 1/3 in the process.
Where does that stop?... when the "Driveway" is 300 feet wide?
|*all you have to do is...Drive on the Grass!*|
|*After all... It's My RIGHT! To Mutilate the land!*|
The bottom line people, is... IF... you want to defend your Right To Access on Public Lands...
... You MUST... Require Respectful Behavior...
... Within the RVer, ATVer, Hiker, 4X4, Hunter, Shooter, Camper... Community on the WHOLE.
You Can Not, defend such as these... and expect to win the Battle for your continued Access to these lands.
Those who wish to exclude you will use scenes like these... That No One complained of... and Lock the gates... and the only knowledge you will have of the Glorious Mountains... will be in your memories and the Photographs of your Grandfathers.
So people. Decide where you stand. On the side of common decency, respect and reasonable care?
... or on the side of; "I'll tear the world to hell if I want... it's my Right!" ???
... always remember... as those we Honored yesterday; With Rights... Come responsibilities. You can not have Freedom and Liberty... without cost.
Is the Requirement of a minimum, sensible behavior; Respectful of the Land, and the OTHER people who use it... Too much to ask?
Disgusted with Some of my "Own" Community, in the Utah Mountains
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