Hiking on our way to Villingardalsfjall 841 asl. We can see the village called Viðareiði. Viðareiði is one of the most popular spots in the Faroe Islands – and no wonder, considering the beauty of the area. Viðareiði is the gateway to the majestic cliff Enniberg that rises 750 m straight up from the wild and merciless North Atlantic Ocean. It is a remarkable sight and one of the highest sea cliffs in the world.
When I shot sunrise at Haleakala in 2017, visitors were required to make a reservation online via NPS — and pay $1.50 to park in the lot by the main vista. I’m always happy to pay a small fee (and obtain a reservation or permit) to access a spot that needs maintenance and regulation. In addition to keeping public lands in good shape, reservations and permits enable visitors to have a more enjoyable experience, as they reduce overcrowding and help minimize damage to the environment. It sucks when you miss out on permits (and I have), but I still fully support the system. It is there for a reason, and you should always do your research — and have a backup plan.
In theory, nature should be accessible to all, but when you consider how many people are on the planet, it becomes clear that our wilderness needs to be managed. Sometimes management means paying an access fee, and other times it means limiting the amount of people who can set foot in a place. There are still plenty of spots where I can hike and camp for free, but I also recognize the cost of enjoying nature — especially in the digital age.
This weekend, I camped on BLM land to watch a big storm hit the Sierra, and it was incredible. But just a few paces from where Nicole and I set up camp were a few buckets worth of horse manure dumped by the previous visitors — and dozens of shattered shotgun targets. 150 feet from that was a pile of fresh human sh*t. While there aren’t as many rules on BLM land (no quiet time, you can shoot guns, it’s free to camp for two weeks, etc.), it IS expected that you be mindful of waste, among other things. That’s just uh, human decency, right? So, if preserving my favorite campsite in the Sierra means reserving a spot online and paying $20 to visit from this point forward, I’d be all for it.
I am disappointed that many people seem to think the earth is a place for the taking. I am disappointed that people can’t follow rules put in place to keep our public lands clean and beautiful. I can only hope that continuing to pipe up on my little platform here will help educate others and show them why we need to put more of a value on caring for the planet.
When I think of winter I think about my childhood. Loved those winter days with proper deep snow and the sun shining of it. ⛄ So lucky to have been born in Estonia!
Let's see if we get to experience true Scandinavian weather this winter... #deepsnow#winter
🏖🏝Koh Lipe - a Little paradise, embedded in a national park. You have to pay around 5,50€ für 4 days when you enter the island. I wonder what’s happening with the money, because I didn’t see any nature protection actions. The only organization that does obvious work here is Trash Heroes. Our resort takes part in the program and we also collected waste. You can go snorkeling here, see lots of fish, stingrays, big shells and corals. Living, growing and dying at the same time. So also a little bit frustrating. But still we had a great time there and are now starting into 4 days on Koh Phi Phi Don!🏝😊