Sometimes the truth of life is perfectly expressed in cartoons.
I have been reminded of this famous "Pogo" cartoon lately due to the amount of garbage that I have seen on our local nature trails. (Pogo is meant to be a possum who lives in the Okeefeenokee Swamp which is in Georgia. The cartoonist is Walt Kelly.)
You would think that the exquisitely beautiful Arabia Mountain would garner enough respect that those who climb to the top would be satisfied with the natural beauty of it...but no, we have seen evidence of fires being built in the pits (which CAN support rare plants given the chance) and bits of burnt out firework papers. Frankly, this disgusts me. It is believed that Arabia Mountain is ...wait for it...400 MILLION years old. Let's see, what would man do if presented with something so rare and unique as to defy description? Yes, let's build a fire on it and roast MARSHMALLOWS!
Still...there is hope! Recently, I went on a nature hike with a small group of adults and four children. I must tell you...the children were wonderful. They were respectful of the solution pits on the mountain and gingerly stepped around them. The joy that they experienced when they discovered tadpoles in the pools on top of the mountain was delightful! And when they found a fish that was trapped in one of the tiny pools near the edge of the lake, they were thrilled when they rescued it and returned it to Arabia Lake!
|Kids finding fish in small pool at edge of Arabia Lake/they rescued it!|
The guided hike was on one of the rainy, cool days in April and I am showing you these photos so that you can see that Arabia Mountain is lovely in every weather and in every season. Let's keep America beautiful, people!