Dave Stancliff Today’s Topic: Graffiti spree shutters parts of Joshua Tree National Park blogarama.com

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Today’s Topic: Graffiti spree shutters parts of Joshua Tree National Park

Defaced rock.

       Good Day World!

I lived in 29 Palms, Gateway to Joshua Tree National Park, for eight years (1981-89), and never saw anything like the vandalism that recently occurred there.

It’s hard for me to believe that people would be so disrespectful to others who love nature’s beauty – especially the beauty of ancient rocks - they would permanently deface them for a prank.

(Photo courtesy of National park Service)

That’s what it’s come down to in our society today. The vandals probably posted their work on FaceBook in a competition to see which one was the bigger idiot! I don’t care if they want to spray their homes with pithy little names like “Little Nature Boy,” but can’t stand to see them destroying historical landmarks for some loutish fun.

A rash of graffiti hitting Joshua Tree National Park, possibly the work of vandals trying to one-up each other on Facebook, has prompted officials to close another part of the California park, and left visitors and conservation groups outraged.

Just weeks after a spike in graffiti forced officials to close access to the park’s Barker Dam, “recent and increasing acts of vandalism” have now prompted an emergency closure of the Rattlesnake Canyon area until April 30, an alert on the park’s website announced.

Time for me to walk on down the road….

 

 

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