JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
Human beings have a very bad habit of going into an area, destroying it, and then moving on to find the next place to ruin. It drives me...actually, it drives any outdoors lover insane. So, when you are lucky enough to find a group of folks that love to give back...it's worth the spotlight.
Several years ago a lack of funding forced the State of California to start pulling the plug on their trail upkeep program. The trails became littered with trash and graffiti, the drains and pathways would get covered with shrubs and debris, and winter time would break everything down so badly it became dangerous for people to even be out there. Low on funds, the State had no other choice than to close shop on every trail that wasn't a "needed" fire road.
For some, closing down the trails wasn't an option. Luckily for us, those folks are Jeepers! One man's idea gave birth to the Adopt-a-Trail program, and now it's getting traction all over the country.
This is a trail maintenance program where different groups of outdoor lovers, and off-road clubs pledge to work with local government representatives in keeping our trails clean, safe, maintained and most importantly...open for us to enjoy. Usually on a monthly basis, a group will go through and remove the trash, graffiti, rocks, overgrowth, whatever may mess the trail up. It's a great way spend a day having fun with friends and doing something good for the environment, and our trails.
Yesterday, I had the privilege of getting out on a clean up day with Lost Jeeps SoCal, a local Jeep Club here in Southern California.
Just being out there with a bunch of fellow Jeepers was fun. On the trail, giving back to nature was the theme for the day, and this group was happy to be doing it!
Starting at one end of 2N33 (a local trail in the San Bernardino Mountains Lost Jeeps SoCal adopted) the group wheeled through, committed to leaving the place better than when they found it. It was really cool to see a group of folks volunteer their time and effort to a cause that will probably go unrecognized by most of the world, and have so much fun doing it.
If you're a Jeep owner, think about joining a local Jeep group, and think about jumping in on the Adopt-A-Trail program.. They are a lot of fun, and full of great people. Lost Jeeps SoCal is a great one if you're here in Southern California. Most importantly make sure it's a group that believes in giving back. A group committed to leaving this world better than when they found it.
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