I try to be pretty open-minded and tolerant of others’ ideas on how to connect with nature. I have a good deal of respect for hunters, trappers, and fisher(wo)men, for example. They tend to be brilliant observers of the natural world and storehouses of knowledge about wildlife! They also do far more than the average birder or hiker to fund conservation efforts through their purchase of licenses.
I have a harder time being tolerant of those who drive ATVs and Snowmobiles – just to drive them… not to get somewhere… often with little apparent attention to the natural world. I just don’t get it. (For transportation, these types of vehicles are sometimes very practical.)
Once, I firmly stated, “I hate golf.” I was attending a workshop, which had nothing to do with golf. The instructor said, “That’s a pretty strong statement. Could it be that you simply have not yet learned to appreciate the finer qualities of golf?” Let’s give that a try:
I have not yet learned to appreciate the finer qualities of ATVs and Snowmobiles.
What about you? What is your opinion of these types of vehicles for pure recreation? If you enjoy them, please tell us why! (I’m willing to learn!)