Yeah, I hear ya! And with two Summers of pandemic-living, more and more people who normally wouldn't be venturing out onto the trails have been doing so. On the one hand, I am happy to see people returning to the outdoors. But it's certainly taking its toll.

Around here (Northern Illinois), to get away from people is requiring less trail time and more river time - hopping into a kayak or canoe, paddling down a river, and finding a piece of quiet shoreline to hang out on.

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.” (John Muir)

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