Spring is on it’s way

037     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.

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Tread Lightly!® is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship. The organization was launched in 1985 by the US Forest Service and became a nonprofit organization in 1990. Tread Lightly!’s educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives, are strategically designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program’s goal is to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with our need to maintain a healthy environment. Tread Lightly!’s core focus is on supporting and encouraging stewardship from those engaged in outdoor recreation on America’s lands and waterways. The organization offers unique programs and services to help remedy growing recreation issues. The federal government officially recognizes the organization as a sole-source service provider of education and training on how to be environmentally and socially responsible while using motorized and mechanized vehicles.
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