‘May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.’
— Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
Abbey proposes: No more cars in national parks. Let the people walk. Or ride horses, bicycles, mules, wild pigs–anything–but keep the automobiles and the motorcycles and all their motorized relatives out. We have agreed not to drive our automobiles into cathedrals, concert halls, art museums, legislative assemblies, private bedrooms and the other sanctums of our culture; we should treat our national parks with the same deference, for they, too, are holy places.
The more high-tech our lives become, the more we need nature to provide joy. Researchers know that overall life satisfaction leads to a longer happier life. And that’s the most amazing view of all.