The internet has ruined everything Oct 4, 2020 17:35:47 GMT -5
Post by va3pinner on Oct 4, 2020 17:35:47 GMT -5
No this isn't a troll thread, but an observation from an old guy that started hiking the Monongahela NF in the 1970's.
Instagram, FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube and a the whole Vlog-selfie social media lifestyle has ruined hiking for me. People used to go to the wilderness for solitude, some photos, a bit if of time away from the rat race, but not anymore. people hike to take photos of where they've been and post on social media. The best pictures win. Heck, I am an avid photographer, and post some items on Flickr. and granted, I have learned about some really tempting hikes from posts here and elsewhere, and I am grateful for that. But Social medial has turned a corner, and I doubt we will ever be able to go back.
On Saturday 10/3/2020 there was a traffic jam at Bear Rocks in Dolly Sods of 500 VEHICLES. 500!!!! For those who don't know, this is in a parking lot designed for maybe 20 cars at most. WV state police had to shut down the entry and sort it out. Cars were parked on both sides of a 1-1/2 lane road for more than a mile, and you could only go one way.
I wish I owned a bulldozer I would have fixed that problem.
I went to Spruce Knob (yes sometimes a I live up to being an idiot) and the parking lot there looked like WalMart on Black Friday.
Went to BlackWater Falls to try and take some pictures there, same thing.
So a weekend backpacking trip ended up being an all day drive, looking for ANYWHERE I could go for some solitude. Nada. So I just went home. It'll be the last time I ever go on a hiking trip on a weekend anywhere in WV. (well maybe).
Anyway, thanks for letting me vent.
Probably the best thing I could personally do is retire, so I can go midweek.........