Trade information but don't blindly give secrets away...
Posted by hank jr on March 07, 2003 at 13:44:17:
In Reply to: Re: Bill Mann posted by Kreutzer on March 06, 2003 at 19:49:37:
I for one never disclose secrets without any prsonal gain. I believe that a lot can be found on your own if you just take some small inititive and search on your own. Isn't that part of the fun of exploring? However, if I encounter an honest person willing to share a few secrets of their own, I can lend them a helping hand with finding some of my spots.
It always amazes me how easy it really is to "discover" places off the beaten path. I am always amazed that people continue to drive by me when I am out looking at unknown petroglyph sites right off a main Death Valley road and nobody stops to see what I may have found. I guess there is that inherent impulse to arive at Badwater five minutes earlier? Also, I am amazed how many fisherman drive by my truck parked next to my favorite fishing hole, which I have been consistently fishing for ten years, and none of the "seasoned regulars" have stopped to try for themselves. If you open your eyes a little, know what type of rocks petroglyphs can be found on, know what type of habitats are good for four legged desert creatures, identify likely places for rock alignments, and TRADE (note the operative word) secrets with others, then you really will enhance your desert experience.
Guidebooks are good for giving general road conditions and basic information, but when they out secrets into a world with a small, but prevalent, population of cooks and vandals, we have crossed the line.