Friday, July 09, 2004

Taking It Easy

Sarah, who left a comment below, says she has always sort of liked stinging nettles "since it kept the less than committed off the hidden paths."

She will get a sympathetic nod from any of us who like the quiet and solitude of the great outdoors.

Helicopters in the Grand Canyon, snowmobiles in the backcountry, or 4-wheel-drive vehicles on remote beaches make it altogether too easy, we say, and spoil the very thing we go in search of.

At the same time, we may feel a tinge of snobbery, and guilt that the exclusion of noisy, fume-spewing vehicles might deprive those who cannot walk access to places of beauty.

Still, I know I seethe with annoyance when I encounter off-road vehicles or snowmobiles along my path, where they are prohibited.

I'm with Sarah. I'll take nettles over snowmobiles.