The washer and dryer have been going non-stop, I almost did myself in spring cleaning today, Michael has been grading our road and mowing grass. The chores seem endless this time of year. Our weather is fabulous for the time being—70 degrees and sunny but we know better than to think ole man winter is finished with us!
Want a different take on what we do for fun—ATVing—take a look at the Spotted Dog Ranch’s newest blog. Do we agree with Chinle—to a certain extent. Moab has become over run with people, jeeps, ATVs, motorcycles, bicycles, hikers, and RVs. Town is a nightmare, traffic is horrible. The boondocking spot we normally use was so crowded it felt as if we were in a RV park! We saw more people on the ATV trails this year than ever before.
OK—with that said, now we start to disagree. We are respectful ATV riders, members of our group have added additional mufflers to quiet their machines, we don’t rip and tear, we stay on the marked ATV trails and if we chance upon a hiker or bicyclist, we slow down, give them plenty of room and try to minimize the dust.
As with any sport/activity there are bad apples who ATV. There are bad apples who don’t pick up after their pets. There are bad apples who are sport shooters, there are bad apples who are snowmobilers, there are bad apples who are hikers—these bad apples end up ruining it for everyone. We are all individuals and each prefer our way of seeing/being in the great outdoors. We don’t always understand the other person’s activity—I struggle with understanding why anyone would want to ride a bicycle on a very busy/dangerous highway—but to each their own.
I used to hike—a lot. I’ve hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and hiked back out twice, I’ve hiked 12-15 miles per day in Zion National Park. Michael and I walk/hike about three miles every day. Neither of us is physically able to do long distance hiking any longer.
We don’t know the answers but we do know we enjoy ATVing very much and would not want to lose the right to do so.