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Old 05-24-2012, 06:53 AM   #42
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A nation in despair
 
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: NM, USA
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Arches was the setting for a rather influential book called Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey. His theme in this book is that to preserve these places, we need to forbid the building of roads giving easy access. Abbey himself didn't mind wrecking his new Ford bounding down unimproved dirt roads but others did so soon after the book was published, the place got good roads.

Still, the book is a good read in parts and it influenced a good many city folks that there is magic in the outdoor areas they would fear being left alone in.
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