Trail Access Advocate
By Del Albright
Allow them to run freely forever by giving our kids the tools, education, opportunities and good examples they need in their growth. Don't let unnecessary and silly bureaucratic baloney mess up their chances for fun in life.
Yes, some rules are always necessary, but this society of ours has gotten screwy in some areas when it comes to trying to regulate us and our children. I've seen freedom of choice battered down to near nothing in some cases. We should always be able to choose and allow (choose our way of life and allow what we want to happen to us, within reason).
Mis-guided politicians, influenced by well-funded exclusionary elitist groups are taking away chunks of our land, piece by piece (Wilderness, etc.), and chopping away at our freedoms (guns, helmets, choice of schools, riding gear, etc.). We have to talk to, teach, and guide our kids to grow up to be sensible, thinking adults. Don't expect your public schools to do that.
What can we do to help our kids maintain our OHV way of life? First off, make sure you are a member of those groups that are involved in your form of recreation. Read their literature and share it with your kids. Get involved in kids programs in your state or regional association. Be active in getting them involved early.
Secondly, always set a good example. That means to show the "right way" in driving, camping, attitude, trail ethics, gun use, drinking, campfires, you name it. Be the example that will help save the future.
And third, correct bad situations on the spot! Don't let things get worse by hoping they'll go away. Fix it!
OHV recreation should always be a "kids zone" where they have fun, learn to experience the great outdoors, and grow up doing something besides couch activities.