Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Seeing the Forest for the Cars

Mindful Echo takes a hike.

Hiking is one of my favourite pastimes. I love being able to escape into the trees for a while and just exist amongst the leaves, and dirt, and rocks, and water, and wind, and ... decomposing cars?

It's so confusing to me when I see this type of thing on a trail in the middle of nowhere. I have so many questions: Where did it come from? How long has it been there? And perhaps most importantly, how long is it going to be there?

I think it's a bit of a jolt back to reality to remember just how long all our human-made, manufactured items stay with us. Although by the same token, it's also a testament to the power of nature; how it can overtake and object and totally reclaim it. It's amazing.

Still, I'm sure we can all agree, it's much nicer to leave the cars behind so we can spend our hikes enjoying more of this:

What's the weirdest, most unnatural thing you've ever spotted on a hike?


Green Bean said...

That is interesting. My son has a favorite hike which hosts about 3 cars from the 1950 era. I've had the same thoughts. How did they get here? And, as you noted more importantly, how long these manufactured items stay with us.

Eco Yogini said...

my parent's cottage is set down a dirt road that used to be an old logging trail in the middle of nowhere nova scotia.
weirdly, in the middle of the small dirt path leading to the camp, there's a house foundation with full grown trees growing up the middle (just the cement left of the foundation) and weird old rusting away stove (that is now fully covered by plant growth). I always wondered- who lived there, how isolating it must have been as they would have had to hike for hours to get out or used a horse, and why they left....

Mindful Echo said...

Sometimes it's cool to stumble across the ruins of a forgotten life; old cabins, remnants of docks, etc. I find that stuff kind of enchanting. It's when I think about people deliberately using the woods as a dumping ground that I start to get my back up.


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