Obstacles are irritating. You may know the kind of talking about. The things in life that try to ruin plans for the day. My plan yesterday was to go on a long hike to sort out some things with God. I live in the country so finding a place to hike is USUALLY not a difficult part of the adventure. As I got to the gate, to my usual starting place, I noticed a “NO TRESPASSING SIGN”. Like many I thought twice about ignoring it but then realized the owner, a timber company, didn’t want me there so I’d better stay away. So, my dog and I jumped in the car and went to another location. What we found was another sign. So, we went to the next spot and yet another sign. I know of a place out in the middle of nowhere that is on Federal Land. I knew it would be open but it’s not my favorite place to go. But remember I was in the mood to hike so we went. What I found was the reason so many property owners are locking up their land. There was trash everywhere. I was embarrassed to be human. Bottles, cans, garbage, tires it was everywhere. I passed through another gate that was not posted and had a nice walk. I didn’t get everything sorted out with God because I couldn’t stop thinking about we humans. Why do we think it’s okay to leave our junk out in the middle of OUR forests? I know it’s expensive to take things to the dump, but you can’t just leave old tires, dozens of them, in the middle of a forest. I will write the property owners a letter to see if I can get permission to hike on their land. I will promise not to leave anything behind but a footprint. Next time you wonder why so many people are locking up their land remember this story or better yet, drive up a road to a federal forest and see what we’re capable of. It’s not pretty.