|Remember I was on the AT back in June?|
Hey! I am so excited to tell you that a film has been made from the Bill Bryson book, "A Walk In The Woods"! (A book about two men on a thru hike on the Appalachian Trail.) The film will star Robert Redford AND Emma Thompson! Fantastic! They are TWO of my favorites! I saw a trailer of the film and it looks great...just my kind of movie! (I recognize Fontana Dam-where Richard and I spent our honeymoon!)
Robert Redford read the book back in 1998 (he said the picture of the bear on the cover made him notice the book!) and at that time, he knew he wanted to make the movie and he really wanted to make it with Paul Newman. Sadly, Paul Newman died before the movie could be made, that would have been such a great touch to have had those two in a film again. (I loved them in "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" and "The Sting"!)
I have read that those who live around the AT are bracing themselves for an influx of visitors after the movie comes out. (It is to be released Sept. 1st in the USA.) In response to this, they have tried to make sure that people know the "Leave No Trace" principles. I am sure that YOU know it, dear reader of my blog, but just in case someone stumbles onto this and wonders what it is...I have it here for you!
Let me know if you see movie and if you like it! And did you read the book? I liked it although there were some bits that made me squirm a little. I think I am a bit oversensitive because I am one of those from the area! Hey, at least I didn't hear any BANJO music, if you know what I mean.
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Damage to land occurs when surface vegetation or communities of organisms are trampled beyond repair. The resulting barren area leads to unusable trails, campsites and soil erosion.
- Dispose of Waste Properly: Though most trash and litter in the backcountry is not significant in terms of the long term ecological health of an area, it does rank high as a problem in the minds of many backcountry visitors. Trash and litter are primarily social impacts which can greatly detract from the naturalness of an area. Further, backcountry users create body waste and waste water which requires proper disposal according to Leave No Trace.
- Leave What You Find: Leave No Trace directs people to minimize site alterations, such as digging tent trenches, hammering nails into trees, permanently clearing an area of rocks or twigs, and removing items.
- Minimize Campfire Impacts: Because the naturalness of many areas has been degraded by overuse of fires, Leave No Trace teaches to seek alternatives to fires or use low-impact fires.
- Respect Wildlife: Minimizing impact on wildlife and ecosystems.
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Following hiking etiquette and maintaining quiet allows visitors to go through the wilderness with minimal impact on other users.