Today we went with Plan B. It was a gorgeous, sunny day although a chilly morning. So Tammy and Nicky and I along with Luna and Abby went up the bump. It was gloriously green. Spring in full burst!
So the hike was lovely although Abby insisted we go at her pace and kept slowing down or downright stopping in front of me.
What can you do?
On the way back we decided to take down all the flagging tape that Sheila and Ann had put up. I can’t believe how much – really! By the time I got it home, it almost filled a small garbage bag.
Hiking rule: Leave no trace.
Hiking rule: Pack out what you pack in.
And yes, I can see the purpose in tape when the situation is confusing and hard to read but not on Silver Bump. Never on Silver Bump. Just more plastic littering the landscape.
I also have a hate-on for people who flag bushwhacking routes without taking it back down on their return trip. I’ve been misled by this sort of thing. And cairns. Gad! Building rock cairns just because they look pretty! This is how people get into danger and get injured or lost.
So – with a head of steam on, we talked about the state of the world on our way down. First up: Notre Dame. Of course. Billionaires donating to a church that belongs to the richest organization on earth while three thousand year old trees are being cut down; while thousands of children are starving to death in Yemen.
And then the state of the world. We are facing our imminent extinction and we carry on: business as usual. We continue to accumulate stuff. We keep on drilling for oil. What is wrong with us?
Greed. And the belief that some lives are worth more than others.