My parents spent nearly all their vacation time and weekends out in the woods fishing, hunting, or just plain enjoying the outdoors. When we three children came along they added the Oregon Beaches then as many National Parks as were in reach.
All my favorite memories of my family include being out in the woods. Usually at the Forks of the Umatilla, or Dale Ranger Station area, John Day, etc. My father and brothers went fishing or hunting. My mother and I stayed in camp and walked, looked at flowers (my mother would not allow anything to be picked). I enjoyed playing in the water and damming the streem with rocks if it was small enough (these dams never impeded the stream much, but I was confident I was creating a place for trout to gather.
Now this area is nastily patrolled so you can't just pull off and enjoy a hike or a short fishing trip (fish must be catch and release). It's hard to obtain a camping permit since it has to be done at some town a distance from the area.
I rarely see kids ourside their own yards any longer. The beautiful parks of Portland are severely under-utilized by kids just playing. The pick-up baseball games of my childhood have ceased. If the Diamond or the Basketball courts are in use it is Little League.
Even organizational use of the Portland Parks is discouraged by use fees which seems rediculous since I and my friends pay taxes to keep these parks up.
Parents have been terrorized by thoughts of child snatching and the real worry about a bicycling child being hit by a car. I was usually told to "Go Out and Play" if the day wasn't actually raining.
Keep parks available to tent campers. It's fine to keep parks wild, but if that means that people can't use them I don't know how we will keep them.
posted 4 years, 12 months ago
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