I've been writing about the trails in my hometown (Boulder, CO), so I figured I'd add my letter to the editor — the local paper published it today.
For the photo, I'm going with Sam and Lisa out being friendly (at least to me) on a local trail. Hey, it's my blog so why not?
Pollyanna, an archetype for infectious optimisim, should visit Boulder open space more often. Encounters with other trail users -- on foot, bike or horse -- are defined not by the mode of travel we employ or our relative speeds.
Instead, it`s the smile, the pleasant greeting and the subtle positioning on the trail that creates an enjoyable experience. I don`t mind a runner blasting by me, so long as she`s willing to share a friendly hello. I`d far prefer that to meeting a grim-faced plodder who exudes, "I wish you weren`t here" as we silently pass.
Pollyanna is derided as foolish, but we`re fooling ourselves if we think segregating users and restricting activities will make our shared open space a pleasant place to recreate.