I ventured north this past weekend to visit with my parents and help them out with their yard work, chores around the house, and taking my mother out on errands to the grocery store and pharmacy. It's been difficult watching them get old and my father's health and the care involved is beginning to wear on my mom.
Sadly enough it's not all beautiful scenery. It seems that lately on ventures into the northwoods this is becoming a much more common sight. Many of the woods I've known since childhood are looking more and more like the photo above. The arguments for and against it abound, but all I can say is that it's unsightly. Whether or not it is healthy for the forest and wildlife is not for me to decide. That's up to the experts, then again, I often think that it is the so called experts that have screwed things up to begin with.
I'm fortunate to have grown up in such a beautiful place and even more fortunate to still have the opportunity to travel north and enjoy it on two wheels.