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Over Round Valley

I get a different sense of time in California’s backcountry than I have in Idaho, like we’re having a turn at an amusement park then must step aside for others to have their turn. Part of that is just the fact of renting space in a hut, which would be the same anywhere, but some is because of the surrounding rules, fees and facilities necessitated by so many visitors.

 

Maybe “California” is too broad. It may only be the tourist trappings around Lake Tahoe. In any case, it raises my awareness of the challenge of ensuring quality experiences for everyone accessing public land, experiences I think are important to advance our wellbeing as people and as a society.

 

It is fairly easy in Idaho. Go do your thing for as long as you like. You may not see another person let alone having to take turns.

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Taken on March 21, 2017