Case in Point: Pepper Spray at UC Davis
They had a tool (pepper spray), they had power (which they mis-construed as intent) and as we all know the results were not as expected.
The officers in charge, the UC school system and notably the dean of UC Davis have ended up in a bunch of slippery muck.
Case in Point: Fail Trails at Soaring Eagle Park
Much like the people that will try to use the trails at Soaring Eagle Park will be when they bear the brunt of these great tools (rakes and mattocks) combined with power (which they misconstrued as intent) combined with free labor and a gaggle of neer-do-wells and the result will not likely be what they expected. They too will end up in a bunch of slippery muck.
What the trails SHOULD look like
While these Neer-do-Wells are Snug & Smug in their Snuggies this Winter the real trail users will be dealing with the mess they created.
Instead of seeing orange tinted evidence of their ill-fated efforts (like the UC Davis Pepper Spraying cops). All they will see is chocolate brown because they (these neer-do-wells) raked all the orange leaves off the trail.
My Hopes for the Neer-do-Wells
My hope - they never return
My sub-hope: they do return to see the damage they have wrought ... After it has rained for a few days.
My assumption is that they actually want people to use the trails.
Contrarian View: It's possible this is not their intent.
I hope these neer-do-wells see the fallacy in their thinking. They are not helping the trails. In fact, they are doing irreparable harm. Mud and muck will accumulate on the trails … and on peoples clothes. People will avoid these trails and perhaps create bypasses to get around the “work” these neer-do-wells did.
- My recommendation for the trails: Leave the leaves in place. They are part of the natural process of decomposition and part of the experience of enjoying the trails and enjoying nature.
- My suggestion for future activities by the neer-do-wells: Go to your local hardware (at least they can do some good by shopping local) and buy a bunch of brooms. Then head over to the Burke-Gilman trail and start sweeping. People walking, running and riding bikes on those trails appreciate a nice clean surface. Help them!