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