To mil­len­ni­als climb­ing ridges: ‘Leave your spray paint at home’

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

As an avid hiker and fre­quent visitor to the Le­high Gap Na­ture Cen­ter, and the top of Le­high Gap and Bake Oven Knob on the Ap­palachian Trail, I am be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dis­mayed and dis­heart­ened by the in­crease in graf­fiti on rocks and boul­ders at these lo­ca­tions.

When I travel to these unique vis­tas with in­cred­i­ble views of the Le­high Val­ley, I don’t want to see painted rocks or the re­la­tion­ship du jour of the graf­fiti “artists.” I want to see the nat­u­ral beauty these lo­ca­tions af­ford.

I know a few years ago the prob­lem at the Bake Oven Knob was ad­dressed, al­beit only tem­po­rar­ily, by paint­ing over the graf­fiti with col­ors mim­ick­ing the nat­u­ral rock col­ors. Some­thing needs to be done to stop this trav­esty and pre­serve and pro­tect the nat­u­ral set­tings at these lo­ca­tions.

I say to all the mil­len­ni­als who visit and trash these ar­eas: Leave your spray paint at home. Robert Stet­tner Slat­ing­ton

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