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Re: “Threats and Degradation

First visit in '93 and the Puerto Blanco Road was all 53 miles. I think in '99 it was still open. And then not long after that, a year or two later, it was shortened to something like 5 miles to Pinkley Peak and then a barricade blocking access to the rest.
Hiked lots there, down sand washes where water bottles aplenty littered the ground all w/ Mexican labels. Park rangers told us that you could tell by how deep the imprint of the shoe/boot was on the soft outersides of the dirt/gravel road, whether a border jumper was loaded w/ a heavy backpack of marijuana or not.
Used to tell the rangers, "hey, you see that vehicle some few hundred feet off the road just parked there?" (Driven right thru the pristine desert over fragile land) Or, similar things. They'd go check it out. Never knew what they found.
Sticks/branches arranged on the pavement part of Puerto Blanco Road that looked like arrows pointing in a direction, and there you'd see an indistinct trail w/discarded clothing. Check it out farther, whoa! look at all that garbage and trash.
Quit going for awhile was about the time the ranger Steve _____ took on a new trainee, Kris. Of course, you know what happened to that poor guy.
Steve the ranger said, "the Border Patrol is only so much eye-wash" that the gov't uses to play the game that, oh yes, they're doing real good. Real good at what?!
21 mile Desert Loop Road is still fantastic, but the signs are everywhere of the inroads made by all this illicit activity.
Beautiful desertlands fast degraded into an unrecoverable wasteland. Check out the Hoodoos by Mt. Ajo, (up in the far right corner where the Bull Pasture plaque is when looking at the mt.) such a mystical beautiful place. Let's hope we can re-claim it, but who knows when the gov't ain't got their own folk's wellbeing in mind. Or, for that matter, the wildlife and desertlands.
Check out the metal plaque by Mt. Pinkley, is it a slip that the US is the 'Untied States', or are they telling us what their agenda really is?!…

Posted by Deserat on 12/14/2009 at 9:29 PM

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