Sad to think that in these beautiful places - where we go to get away to nature - we can be in danger from such a freak. I used to feel the only danger was a misunderstanding with a bear.
We hike armed now, have for some time. Where we can my dog comes with us also. I guess we’ve come full circle. Our forefathers hiked armed too - for entirely different reasons.
I used to let my kids loose in the woods for backpacking trips and camping trips on their own. My grandchildren will not have that experience until they are old enough to have good judgment with weapons. Not a change I am happy to see.
Ger dog was a lab mix, I’m assuming from this labs aren’t very protective.
Wackos like this are just as dangerous as any Indian that Daniel Boone might have encountered while passing through the Cumberland Gap or Jedidiah Smith might have run into while exploring the Rockies. Unfortunately, most of these wackos look like the guy next door, making it a might bit difficult to discern friend from foe.
I like to go hiking, but I have started carrying a pistol with me whenever possible. There are too many meth labs popping up out in the woods in my area and too many cases of rabid animals for me to go traipsing through the woods without adequate protection.
Roses, you have said a truth. When I was a boy, I and my friends roamed the woods and wilderness without fear. We were respectful of the woods and of the wildlife that lived there and considered ourselves almost at home there. When I read stories such as this one, I wonder why we have allowed this human pollution to destroy the best places of our times and our hearts. This fellow who has been arrested in this case with substantial circumstatial evidence against him needs to answer questions. And he needs to answer them now! And if he refuses, he needs to be made to answer them!