Saturday, February 1, 2014

Vandals On Big Pine

It was just another glorious winter morning in the Big Pine key wilderness of the Key Deer Refuge.
The new full color signs are a welcome improvement in my opinion as they highlight what to see along the Jack Watson Trail. A controlled burn got out of control and crisped a hundred actress of scrub including some near the trail and as a result the rangers out in new more informative signs. Key West Diary: Burnt Pine
I really like the trail, a circular meander that takes less than an hour on a nicely manicured gravel path. Which was not very well manicured last week.
Instead bushes and trees were toppled and the trail was gouged. I could hardly believe my eyes...
...but the tire tracks were clear as was the presence of empty beer bottles and this peculiar item of clothing:
The hat not the shoes I mean. I doubt any real Rotarians would come out in their ATVs and deface a footpath in an act of deliberate drunken stupidity and disrespect.
I really like this trail, it's an easy walk, it's peaceful, and it's usually empty. Cheyenne only likes to walk it in winter when it's cool but I guess winter is also the season when the idiots come out.
Tearing up the trail just isn't cool.
And leaving tire tracks sucks. I clean up after my dog and take only pictures.
What's wrong with these people?

I hope the rangers won't go ballistic when they see what's been done to their beautifully refurbished trail. I wouldn't blame them for closing it for a while just to give the assholes time to go home where they can plot to wreck their own pine barrens thank you. I hope we can pretend nothing happened and keep on going. At least none of the new signs were damaged. And the Key Deer are still there:
Cheyenne was resting comfortably and as usual didn't notice lunch on the hoof tip toeing by. Vandals or not the Jack Watson Trail is a great place to go for a stroll of a winter's morning.


Walter Cronenburg said...

A good post. Yes, it is very sad to see vandalism and it has been the experience, for just about everybody on this earth who cares, to come across things like this that make one wonder why would anybody want to trash beautiful areas and trails. But then, these people probably throw empty coke cans out of their automobile window on the freeway, discard chewing-gum wrappers on the sidewalk, etc. It was a lovely photo of the Key Deer by the way - nature always tries its best to exist and cope with what man is doing. If it wasn't for nature's beauty and vast panoramic wonders to stare at in meditative awe, I think there would be even less reason to stick it out on this earth with the total and evident mismanagement by its stewards. Have a great day, sir, whatever you're up to!

Trobairitz said...

I don't understand why people feel the need to vandalize. It must be a mental disorder or they weren't spanked enough or something.

There are a few trails I read about in BC where people have gone in more than once recently and cut bridge pilings and cut actual bridges in half and other damage on the walking/mountain bike trails.

I just don't understand it.

Martha Tenney said...

I think most of this is alcohol fueled stupidity.