Picture: Sunset light on Half Dome above Cooks Meadow, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California
This picture makes me so angry. Well, it’s not really the picture that makes me angry, but rather the memory that it evokes. Now I think you’d all agree that Yosemite Valley is one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. I was fortunate to spend a few days thereÂ last week teaching a private workshop. This was our last sunset of the trip, and there was a really beautiful display of golden Sierra light, like I’dÂ never seen before.
But none of that is what makes me angry. What just boils my blood, and makes me think that public flogging should be brought back, is that in the middle of this beautiful meadow, just yards from my camera, I found a soiled diaper that some MORON left laying in a tuft of grass.
Fortunately, I hadÂ my snow shovel in the back ofÂ my truck, so I scooped up the diaper and carried it to the garbage can across the street, a mere 70 yards away. That’s bad enough, but the horrific fact is that was the second diaper I’d had to pick up from the same location. The first one I’d found the day before lying just along the edge of the parking area. In this case, some MORON wasn’t able to navagate the 20 feet to the garbage can.
How some people can have so little regard, be so lazy, and be so disrespectful to the landscape and other park visitors is simply beyond me. Now every time I think about this meadow, I have to think about the diapers that I found there. I curse these people, and few do I ever wish bad kharma upon, but these idiotsÂ have soiled my personal vision and experience way more than any amount of respectful summertime crowds could possibly do.
(Insert stream of bad words here….)
If anyone knows people within the Parks Management and Conservation arenas, please feel free to forward them a link back toÂ this story. Perhaps there can be something done to raise public awareness even further, like when the local cemetary that puts wrecked cars out in front the week before graduation.
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