"But the love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need — if only we had the eyes to see. Original sin, the true original sin, is the blind destruction for the sake of greed of this natural paradise which lies all around us — if only we were worthy of it"
-Edward Abbey, "Desert Solitaire"
On average I talk to 30-50 people a day. As the season pushes into fall I start to feel like a broken record. Saying the same things over and over. When I wonder if I'm having any impact on anyone I talk to, I always think "well at least I'm keeping the Wilderness clean." This summer my trash has weighed in from 2-20 pounds per each 4 day hitch. Here's the "best of" for the season.
No official trail goes to Chikamin Lake so imagine my surprise when just after I was admiring how pristine and unblemished this area was, I found a huge dump in some bushes near this tarn.
|Garbage pulled from just ONE fire ring near Lemah Meadows|
Also from just ONE fire ring!!