Be Careful – And Lonely – Out There

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.

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2 Responses to Be Careful – And Lonely – Out There

  1. Pat Hayward says:

    I understand what you’re saying, but having toured people up there for 3 years before it opened, I understand the opportunities for resource loss, as well as the harm that could come to nesting raptors and other predators up there. Joel and I became volunteer ranger assistants with the county and city so that we could help educate and enthuse the public about the areas that has been preserved with public funds. Those areas are magical, and must be preserved, even at our personal expense. On the other hand, there are opportunities for off-trail experiences as a volunteer, or on guided tours, and those are priceless.
    Thank you for posting your experiences- these areas are phenomenal, and should be shared on every level.

  2. Pat, yes, your points are all good and correct. And in a greater sense I commend the county and other entities for conserving such incredible country.

    That said, after living and hiking on the western slope for 20 years, it’s harder for me to adjust to the feel of such heavy duty restrictions here on the front range. Hence the whining.

    THAT said, when I drive over there now – through Battlement Mesa area especially and see all the damage done by the oil rigs, I wonder how that can all be done with such ignorance?


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