A couple named Linda and Robert seem to be causing quite a stir on island this week. Apparently they thought it was a good idea to write their names on a rock in the National Park. Well it caught the eye of the National Park Service, who posted this on their Facebook page earlier this week:
“Why do some leave their mark? One can argue the artistic value of images seen on human-made structures, but many believe that you can’t improve nature. What caused Linda and Robert to think that signing a rock on a beach in a National Park is a good thing? Did they believe that others would want to know they had been there?
“Did they stop to think that the mark that they left, besides being unlawful, intrudes on others’ natural experience? Whether it is names written on a stone or initials carved into a tree, many parks struggle with finding an effective way to let people know that it’s not OK. Parks are special places where we strive to leave the landscape free of evidence of our passage. We try to leave no trace-to take only pictures and leave only footprints. We think leaving your mark is overrated. What do you think?
“Oh, if anyone knows how to reach Linda and Robert, we’d like to talk with them.”
I have to agree with the National Park Service. It’s pretty frustrating to see names carved into trees throughout the island. In my opinion, it’s simply not cool to deface nature. What do you all think?