I went up to Red Mountain open space yesterday and spent 5 hours hiking the trails.
It was a gorgeous day, little wind and mostly sunny. I felt exceptionally fortunate to have the place to myself and saw no one during those 5 hours. That kind of solitude is refreshing.
Saddening though were the “Closed – no public access” signs. It seems to me “officials” are afraid we’re going to hurt ourselves if we walk off trail. I know, I know – much of it is in the name of habitat protection, but come on, there is so much open space out there, enough for people AND animals to share. But I think as a “public” people are much less smart than they used to be – or maybe much less respectful – most likely both.
I must admit those signs stirred a desire in me to walk past them, (but I didn’t) why does that happen? It seems when we’re told not to do something – we must do it – just to prove that we’re independent and can’t be told what to do. Just look at the driving that goes on here in Loveland
, and you’ll see that.
WARNING: Rant Ahead
And that brings me to community. We’re starving for it. Our American Independence has destroyed a solid, healthy way of life. We live in neighborhoods full of people we don’t know, spend our evenings shut up in our house being brainwashed by the media, making us even more suspicious of our neighbors.
And we wonder why we’re lonely.