We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As a used-to-be AT backpacker, I noticed the shoes. I would have had shoes with much better support. That was rough ground they were hiking. Hope we leave the GC alone- when it is debased by tourism it is gone forever.
I hike in the Grand Canyon twice a year for 7 days each time. I have been doing this for decades. Yes there are a lot of tourists but inside the park 98% of them just walk around a little and look over the edge from a few of the viewing spots. They are NOT harming the canyon. The few who do go into the canyon must stay on the trails and the trails are well maintained and there simply isn't much damage or harm. Outside the park and specifically on Indian reservations the canyons are definitely over taxing the resources and land. That is where most of the problem is.
It is interesting the way the Indian tribes are treating these natural resources in the name of greed. They don't do it personally they are approached by a company who specializes in exploiting the tribes and in exchange for millions a year they give the company carte blanche to do whatever they want to. Next time you see some Indian activist demonstrating for Indian/tribal rights and claiming that the land is "sacred" to them remember that what they do not what they say.
"The local tribes regard the confluence as sacred." I'll bet not. National Geographic does, though. They been saying that forests are like cathedrals, and wilderness is a spiritual experience, for decades now.
Adventures are fine, and fun to go on or read about, but this is a personal hobby - not something others are obligated to pay for just because some are inspired to powerful feelings they believe are ennobling.
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