How it all began...

The idea had been circling in my head for years. But the time was right and I could no longer fight the wanderlust that had built up. I bought a 1977 GMC NuWa motor home, threw a solar panel on top and started getting it ready for the open road. My main goal: to wander around North America, catching up with old friends, visiting new places and experiencing things I haven't before. This is my story...

Monday, May 3, 2010

Celebrations and Disappointments

Bakersfield, CA - Last night my night was filled with wonderful Indian cuisine, traditional Indian dancing and other wonderful sights and sounds while attending the Punjabi Cultural Day Festival. Roger's friend, Laura, had VIP tickets to attend this event and it was an incredible experience.

This morning I went for a walk with Stella to a park here in Bakersfield. It was a beautiful, sunny morning. I arrived at the park and was appalled to find the park in utter ruin. I had spent time at this park several times last week and although it was not necessarily the most beautiful park I've visited, it was still a nice, small neighborhood park. Well, after a weekend of apparent abuse, it was left in shambles. Trash everywhere. Littered throughout the park were empty wrapper, containers, plastic silverware, bags and much more. I could not find a single place in this park that did not show signs of weekend abuse. It just makes me so angry when society accepts this sort of behavior. What the hell is wrong with people?! If you are going to use the park, leave it in as good a condition, if not better, than when you arrived. It's just common courtesy and should be a universal rule of society. I'm simply amazed at the blatant disregard of the effects this has on other people. It is the epitome of selfishness.

Yesterday I celebrated life and culture, yet today I am disappointed in society. I know this is a pretty strong statement and I am aware that I am probably blowing this out of proportion, but I just find it very upsetting to come across this kind of behavior. I guess this is one of the reasons I am escaping into the wilderness for the summer.


  1. I don't think you're blowing it out of proportion. I think more people should get more upset about this kind of blatant disregard, then maybe we would see less of it.

  2. I think it is plain ignorance, and inconsideration for others, on their part.
    They were never taught the old rules..."you dropped it, you pick it up", "leave it better than when you found it", and "your mother doesn't live here"!
    Who do they think is going to clean up after them?
    Some think that the parolees will have nothing to do, if they quit throwing their trash on the highways and byeways, that's their excuse and rationalization, anyway.
    What a shame!
    Happy trails, Penny, TX

  3. And I assume you spent a few hours working to clean it up, correct? Because it makes you angry when society accepts this behavior, you got busy and did not become part of that acceptance, correct?