Sunday, December 6, 2015

Acceptable Behavior?!?

UPDATE: We are pleased to report that the individual discussed in this post stepped forward and apologized. We greatly appreciate his honesty and willingness to share what happened (you can see his comments below). Thank you!

We wish we didn't have to write this post. The following photos were shared by a fellow Mojave Road enthusiast who was disturbed and saddened to find someone so blatantly disrespecting and destroying something we all treasure. None of us knows who this person is, but we hope that sharing this example of thoughtless, negligent behavior will remind everyone that the Mojave Road belongs to all of us and it will only exist as long as every one of us takes care of it.

If you can't respect rules and regulations, at least find it within yourself to respect your fellow off-roaders: don't ruin the experience for everyone else. Not to mention the volunteers who put countless hours into creating and maintaining the Mojave Road for your use.

Thanks for listening, everyone. And thank you to the concerned citizen who brought this to our attention.



19 comments:

  1. Really sorry to see this, but thanks for making us aware. Sadly if you really want to protect a place you love and cherish often the best course of action is to keep it a secret. A lot of places in the west are in peril because of negligent behavior like this.

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    1. Sadly, you are correct. Used to be that asking folks to respect something was enough, but not anymore. We always have to ponder the question when putting out guidebooks. Some things just can't be shared.

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    1. You probably know more than we do. We don't keep track of activity other than what shows up on the Mojave Road, and even then we figure we don't hear about all of it. Just like to share what we do hear to keep everyone aware.

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  3. Looks lke the bearded one was having a great time out there...

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  4. Sounds like he was having a good time.

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  5. I was shared a link to this site and I owe an apology. I had no idea that this was anything more than a pile of rocks out in the desert. We saw several vehicles driving over the pile so I didn't think anyhing of it. We drove over it and took a picture. We build these trucks to drive over obstacles and have a good time.. I always do my part to clean trash and leave the places we wheel in better condition than we found them. However it seems that was not the case on this trip. I wish I did some research and was knowledgeable that this pile of rocks was not to be driven over. I would have even warned the people we saw driving over it before I did. I am truly sorry and it will never happen again and I will spread the word to my fellow wheelers as well. This was my first time out there and we were just trying to have a good time. I understand that this is how places get bad names from off roaders. We all make mistakes and this one I will not make again.

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    1. Just wanted to let you know we have responded in the comments below... thank you!

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    2. I have to say that I totally respect someone that owns up for their mistake in the face of criticism. Good Job! The world needs more people like this.

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    3. unknowing-ness is almost fine for the big rock pile.

      but your apology does not excuse you driving over the cairns built to mark the road.

      what is your excuse for that?

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    4. "I wish I did some research and was knowledgeable that this pile of rocks was not to be driven over."

      This is plain ignorant.

      Hint: If it's not a road or a pull off or otherwise designated for vehicle traffic, don't drive over it.

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  6. I was there 3 weeks ago with my boyfriend. It's a pretty cool spot but didn't see a sign or anything of any significance saying this was an important pile of rocks... to be honest I tried to climb over it but my jeep couldn't do it. If you want people to stay off why not post up a sign?
    What did he hurt by climbing over the rocks?

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  7. King Nick, thank you for your response. We'll chalk this one up to lack of information. Just so everyone understands, that pile of rocks on Soda Dry Lake is called Travelers Monument. It's been there since the early 1980s when the Mojave Road was developed as a 4WD recreational trail. Travelers on the Road pick up a rock along the way and leave it on the pile. There is a plaque at the top with a message that is never shared - you have to visit to see it. It may seem like silly stuff, but to die-hard Mojave Road enthusiasts, it's a special place. The smaller rock piles you see along the road are cairns built to mark the correct route. They are always on your right as you drive east to west, so they help to keep you from getting on the wrong track. Volunteers periodically go out and rebuild any cairns that have fallen down. So, perhaps the message in all of this is simply to think about the things you see out in the desert and consider that they may have been put there by someone for a reason. We also run across things we don't understand, but we leave them the way we found them. We all love being able to explore the desert and hope to be able to for many more years.

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  8. Thanks for the information about the smaller rock piles as well. Again, I was uninformed and didn't think anything of them. Now that I know, I think it's a really cool idea as trail markers. I genuinely alpologize and I'm glad I know the story behind them now. I would greatly appreciate if you took my face and license plate down. That is personal information and people like to take things too far on the Internet. For my own safety, can you please remove them? I don't mind the other pictures being up, you can keep me as an example. I feel like that would be the right thing to do. Thank you.

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    1. Absolutely. The photos have been removed. Thanks again...

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  9. There is a little more to the story than he wants to share. The NPS is looking for this guy after finding more evidence of some trail and property damage. I'm friends with someone close to the investigation. He isn't just going to walk with an apology.

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    1. Well, we can only act with the knowledge we have. All we know is that he apologized and said he won't do it again. If there's more to the story or he does do it again we hope he gets what's due. At least more people are aware now.

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    2. I would sure love to hear about this "trail and property damage". When I drove over that rock pile, the plaque and geocache were not touched, as for the rocks, they're still rocks. My rubber tires didn't do any damage to them. So I have no idea what you're talking about. If anything else happened out in the desert, there were many people out there that weekend. We saw numerous vehicles all over the desert camping and off roading.

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  10. Off topic Nick, where you at Tool Box springs about a month ago camping up on Thomas Mountain.

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