Bob Garrison, an inveterate hiker, had been saddened to have watched the VI park 'decay' over the years. "It is too bad that there are so many employees who can get away with doing as little as possible," he told St. John's Gerry Singer. But in an interview, he added he is 'pleased and encouraged' by the changes that Mark Hardgrove has made. "A number of old trails have been officially reopened."
This is a generous attitude, given that a few years ago when Garrison drew up his own, comprehensive map of the island's many hiking trails, Park officials told him he had no right to do so. That didn't stop him.
"The map that the NPS (National Park service) gives our has never been worth much," Garrison told Singer. So, in 2006, he refined an original map he made and two years later, and drew a map which is available at the Park headquarters building.
On his Web site, Garrison sells a trail map for $2. (Come on! Buy a dozen.) The maps can also be downloaded from his Web site. In addition, he offers a version of which you can load into a Garmin GPS.
- Read the interview with Bob Garrison on Jerry Singer's blog
- Trail Bandit's Web site: http://bit.ly/boKoHx
- Download the latest map: http://bit.ly/c2bSYA