JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
"Not all those who wander are lost"
I just had a small back and forth about how REI (the outdoor retailer) is anti-off-roading and because of that we should all boycott. Of course I'll look into the allegations and see what I find. Until then, REI is a membership co-op. The views represent it's members. That means there's an easy fix with a little unity and hard work on this one.
As I started looking into their stance, I found at the heart of any overall belief was the sentiment of being responsible. It's the "lack of" where the problems begin.
As I try and do with everything...I'll educate myself and hold myself accountable to being part of the solution first, then take a stance against any misconceptions of off-roading.
What does it mean to hit the trails responsibly? Well...there's don't down a case of beer then jump behind the wheel for some "trail fun" with your friends, don't light illegal campfires and burn down the mountain side, oh and of course NO shooting the local wildlife!
Let's all consider the conservation of nature while out there. Off-roading isn't just about charging it hard. It's about enjoying getting off the grid, hanging with friends and enjoying nature. Hitting the trails shouldn't mean showing the shrubs that they can't beat us, but instead us showing how we can be challenged, have fun, and soak in the beautiful backdrops nature has to offer, all while we responsibility take care of the resources given to us to take care of.
Almost every state has their version of an Adopt-a-Trail, plug in...don't just take from nature but give back. When we are out there, refrain from mowing down anything in front of us making our own trail when there is no need for one. How about grabbing a tree to plant on an occasional trip? These are all no brainer, easy to do things that change the perception (and often reality) of what's going on out there.
Remember, a "do as I do" approach will always be more effective thana "do as I say".
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