The random viciousness of some people never ceases to astound me. Take this story.
Pinnacle Park reopened Tuesday after being closed since the weekend for public safety. Nails were found hammered into tree roots along 2 miles of park trails.
The 1,100-acre forested park is owned by the town of Sylva, with a total of 18.5 miles of trails popular with hikers and trail runners. More than 60 spikes were found along a 2-mile section of trail, said town manager Paige Roberson Dowling.
One person was injured and another landed on a spike that pierced his shoe.
Sylva police and other city staff and volunteers spent three days blowing leaves off the trails and followed with metal detectors to locate the spikes.
“It was a deliberate effort. Someone hammered 4-inch long galvanized nails and left them sticking out a half- to 1 inch, and at an angle so they’re like spikes,” said Brian Barwatt, race director of the Assault on Black Rock, a 7-mile trail race March 18 in Pinnacle Park.
Of course, this crime is not as bad as murder and rape and a whole host of other vicious acts. But there is something about a person putting such a great deal of thought and going to a great deal of effort to ruin other people’s enjoyment of a harmless pastime that speaks to a really sick mind. The motivation to do such a thing truly baffles me.
It is for a good reason that the location of Methuselah, at 5,000 years thought to be the oldest non-clonal tree in the world, is kept secret by the Forest Service. The same kinds of people who think it is great fun to topple ancient rock formations or write their names on iconic places in national parks, might feel that it was somehow clever to carve their names into such a tree or do even worse, such as hack a piece off as a souvenir.
But as a result, none of us can see this record-breaking tree,
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