Sunday, October 01, 2006

Take a hike

Yesterday, a couple of friends and I went for a hike. It started with a drive down south to Santa Cruz and then up Highway 1 to the Butano State Park. An awesome place, with groves of Redwoods, steep hiking trails and amazing views of the Pacific.
After reaching the trailhead, we had a very steep climb for half a mile and stopped at the top. The next 5 to 6 miles were through beautiful redwoods.
The hike was measured and very interesting and the smell of fresh pine was invigorating. About 1 mile into the hike we came across a fallen tree. The tree had fallen right across the trail and somebody has neatly sawed it off. the only problem was that the sawing off created a small detour, like they had sawed it off in the wrong spot, not in the line of the trail, but just outside it. IT irked me a little bit. It irked me a little bit, but I forgot about it for a few minuted until we hit another and the same thing happened and another and another. It started to form in my head as a big question mark, getting bigger with each sawed off tree on the path. Then it started pissing me off. I asked my friends. None of us had a reasonable answer to the question and that really got my goat.
The situation deteriorated as we got to around the 4 mile mark. Now people had just sawed off the tree, but no bothered to push them apart. So there was just a crack in it and then the worst of it was that somebody had just made a nice "U" cut into the massive tree trunk and left it there.
If I had any hair on my head, I would have torn it all off!!!!
I am still bothered by it, as you can see. Please, please somebody answer me. Please ?