1. Kelly Fitzgerald
    Kelly Fitzgerald October 12, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Good blog post Ray!

    1. Ray
      Ray October 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Thaks, Kelly! Love to see comments!

  2. Srihari Yamanoor
    Srihari Yamanoor October 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

    Concise and well written, thanks!

    1. Ray
      Ray October 12, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Thanks! Appreciate the comment.

  3. Bob Pedigo
    Bob Pedigo October 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Personally, I think your analogy is quite apropos. I DO think of the Sierra Nevada as a temple to unspoiled beauty, and I rather dislike people desecrating that quiet solitude with too much noise–as if they’re the only people out there!! It basically comes down to the Golden Rule: treat people’s space (and the people themselves) as you’d like to be treated. And on the JMT, I would expect that most people want some silence to enjoy the outdoors in its pristine state. We don’t get much of that these days in our 21st century, 24/7 cycles. That’s certainly why I’m going to do this hike–thanks, Ray, for your encouragement.

    1. Ray
      Ray October 13, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Thanks for the comment, Bob. I couldn’t agree more. I have heard stories, however, about hikers pulling into a campground, a respectable distance from neighbors, and being told to leave. Some folks even go as far as deliberately camping well away from a water source to avoid conflict (which opens up some pretty impressive spots). Like you said, the Golden Rule about covers it.

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