[pct-l] Pygmy's PCT View
jlkeener at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 15 16:24:52 CDT 2006
I thought a "parasite" was someone who lived in Paris.
--- dsaufley at sprynet.com wrote:
> If I recall, Jardine called trail angels "black
> holes", and hikers that take advantage of them
> Sorry. Not quitting. Going to do my darndest to
> spoil hikers until I'm too old to carry a laundry
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: Trail Pygmy <trailpygmy at hotmail.com>
> >Sent: Aug 15, 2006 1:36 PM
> >To: pct-l at backcountry.net
> >Subject: [pct-l] Pygmy's PCT View
> >For what it's worth... I think that ya'll need to
> "Cowboy Up!". It's nice
> >and all to have trail angels/devils do swell things
> for ya but to be so
> >dependent on them is weak. I was raised in a
> predominantly racist state
> >(Mississippi) back in the 60's and 70's. Many
> places I've gone to also are
> >racist... some were not. My point is that I have
> become accustomed to NOT
> >being welcome. It doesn't bother me. It's the way
> it is. Last year on the
> >trail I came across it on an occasion or two. Mild
> but obvious. There are
> >not really many colored folks on the PCT. I'm an
> anomaly. But I did run
> >across some really awesome folks that were
> genuinely caring and non-bias.
> >The Andersons and Ziggys were wonderful. Several
> hikers were pretty
> >blatantly biased toward my skin color. They even
> tried to charge their room
> >and meals on my credit card. Lame! But this is
> America. And we are still
> >struggling with these issues of ignorance.
> >The PCT is a wilderness experience. Perhaps I
> should say, was a wilderness
> >experience. Ignorance comes in all skin colors.
> Education and understanding
> >take effort. The PCT is a wonderful teacher.
> Perhaps a few less trail
> >angels/devils and a few less welcoming towns are
> just what are needed.
> >Perhaps people of "fair" skin color can get a taste
> of what many "colored"
> >folk have lived with all their lives.
> >Now if we can just lobby fer them handrails and
> info boxes... perhaps
> >wheelchair access. Really now. Cowboy Up!!!
> >Dont just search. Find. Check out the new MSN
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