JEEP LIFE AND THE GREAT OUTDOORS
I love getting off the grid and exploring what's out there. I love gathering up some friends and hitting a trail in our Jeeps. I love the lifestyle of off-roading. I love what escaping the chaos of society to the serenity of nature does to people. I love the friendships found and built while out there. I love the problem solving of the on the fly situations we come across. There are so many great thing to love about living a life outdoors it's amazing that I ever stay home.
This weekend end though, I finally saw the ugly side of the life. The side that environmentalists hate us for. This weekend's TDS event was a lot of fun, but the carnage left behind was nothing short of disgusting. Beer bottles and cans, trash, destroyed plant life and landscape, all in the name of having fun?? No wonder there's a separation between a lot of outdoor lovers and off-roaders out there.
The desert is a beautiful place and it's our job to take care of it. Nothing wrong with having fun, but when you see a hillside full of wild flowers, capture it in a picture, share it, enjoy it's beauty, DO NOT look at it as an invitation to make a new trail.
When you climb through the hills and find the sun setting over the desert sand dunes, it's not an invitation to party and leave the place like your own personal land fill. Take a moment to really take in what you're seeing, have your fun and then take your trash with you, how hard could that possibly be??
How about we all follow a couple basic rules? That is all it would take to enjoy AND preserve the beauty that surrounds us.
1. Enjoy nature to the fullest and then leave it at least as good as you found it if not better
2. Don't go ripping through the habitat so freely. There's a lot of life you're destroying when you do that.
3. TAKE YOUR TRASH WITH YOU! The amount of beer bottles and cans left behind at TDS was disgusting.
4. ALWAYS be nice to each other, how tough is that?? Geesh
Last but certain not least...
5. Take at least one moment every trip to take in he stillness of a sunrise or sunset, you will never regret it!
Obviously, like most things the vast majority are impacted by the minority with the negative stuff. Most of us are responsible. Most of us care about preserving nature and most of us have seen and know exactly what I'm talking about here. Let's all be our best out there and remember...it's not us against nature out there. It's us successfully navigating with nature to maximize our experiences, our relationships, the mastery of ourselves, all while having as much fun as we can while doing it.