Sunday, December 28, 2014

A little preaching...

It seems like holiday weekends bring out a higher percentage of bad behavior. To give the majority of you who ARE responsible public land users some ammo, here you go...;)

This is the sign we have in the office of our rental store. People think we don't like cleaning dirty Jeeps. That's not it. We clean Jeeps all day long. What we don't like are closed trails. We don't really like blown motors either, but at least those are replaceable--trails are not.


Yes, close the gate, even if you are returning the same way later. The cows won't say "Oh, they'll be right back--we shouldn't go through this open gate..." Another excuse we've heard? "Well, we didn't SEE any cows...?" Lame. Close the stupid gate. Or we'll sick our stealth cows on you...

This just isn't for hikers. If you are heading into the backcountry for any type of outing, whether hiking, Jeeping, or underwater basket weaving...
1. Don't go alone.
2. Take water. Think about taking a few other things, too.
3. Look around. Pay attention. "Make good choices!"
4. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back. No exceptions. 

We have heard this from many drivers with muddy or damaged Jeeps: "I just needed to let off some steam." Really? How much is a $5000 repair bill going to help with that? 

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