As I was sitting here at TL!’s global headquarters thinking about the warmer months, I was taken back to a trip across the desert I took last summer with my family. I’m somewhat of a desert rat and love to explore ghost towns and long forgotten history. Our explorations took us along the Pony Express trail where we could get an up close experience with all the history of that wild time in America. Stopping at all the stations and being able to view what remained was great. Even more memorable to me was being able to show my son actual history on the ground. We were able to explore the Ghost town of Gold Hill and to read about its history on the interpretive signs in the area. It made me smile to see this history being preserved in a way that is still accessible to the public. This trip wouldn’t have been as memorable for my little family if it wasn’t for the countless others who respected these areas and left that history for us to see as well.
When out on the trail we should always respect the areas we travel, and that includes respecting the history of the places we recreate. Don’t take souvenirs or destroy those historic structures, others come a long way to experience them as well. Other travelers want to see history, they don’t want to see your trash, so pick up after yourself and your group, and always respect others out on the trail, a smile and a wave goes a long way to making someone’s day.