The boondocking area here at Box Wash has been pretty busy during the holiday, and not with boondocker's but with a different life form. A life form whose only concern is self-preservation and the destruction of nature. A life form so totally self-involved that there completely oblivious to the misery and scorched-earth that they leave behind. A life form so prolific that it has infested every area of North America particularly the desert Southwest in a very short period of time, and shows no sign of mitigation let alone stopping it's ceaseless and senseless progression into chaos and misery for the entire human race.
So who is this vile creature that wreaks such havoc and devastation on the earth and all the flora and fauna that dwell upon it ? The weekend ATV and Quad crowd that's who. The people that roll their ATV's out of the garage every Saturday morning, take off the mufflers and throw them in the trash, load one for each member of the family on a giant flatbed trailer and head for wherever I happen to be boondocking.
I am always happy to see parents spending time with the kids, Lord knows there's not enough of that going on nowadays. But when you put a 12-year-old kid on a 400 pound Quad that can go 50 miles an hour you're simply asking for trouble, either because it's very dangerous or because kids are just naturally self absorbed, and couldn't care less about the noise they're making, the dust there stirring up, the rocks there showering everybody with, or the bunny rabbit hiding behind the baby cactus they just ran over.
And if you put about 30 of these things running around a place like Box Wash it gets very noisy, very dusty, and very dangerous, very quick. So instead of taking my Yamaha, which by the way has a muffler on it, out on the trails like I had intended, I'm just sheltering in place until the holidays are over and everything gets back to normal so I can simply walk outside without getting run over by an ATV.
There was a whole lot more ATV people here than this. Most of them had gone home by the time It was safe for me to step outside and take a picture.