Three teenaged boys from Duncan, OK, targeted Chris Lane, a young man from Australia, because they were bored, they said. Having nothing better to do, they decided to go on a lark and murder someone. Finding the young man jogging, they picked him at random, drove up behind him and shot the college student in the back. First, there is no fixing that kind of mentality, I don’t care what you do. The only solution is a needle in the arm, but perhaps that is too humane. Even wild animals understand that if an individual can’t find a way to fit into the pack, then they are culled from the pack. Second, the idea that they were bored is mind-blowing. With even a modicum of guidance and direction, they should understand that the opportunities for activity, enjoyment, and adventure are too numerous to fit into any one lifetime. The people that can’t find something to do (besides murder) just haven’t opened their eyes to see what is going on around them. The opportunities are too numerous to count.
The Appalachian Trail Regional Office at Boiling Springs,
PA. It was originally a restaurant in the town's park before
being taken over by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Adjacent to the ATC office is a large gazebo in the center of
the park. Through the gazebo you can see the grist mill, built
in 1784 to provide flour and grain for the Carlisle Iron Works.
I suggested to the ranger that I guessed I was a bit too old for such an endeavor. He said that was not the case. While seniors, or those who find they aren’t in as good a shape as they thought when they start, may go slower, they’ve had people of all ages take up the challenge.
Those that have done the AT say it proved to be a defining few months of their lives. The really hard core even look for an encore. There’s the 3,100 mile Cross Divide Trail, which follows the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico. Or, for those that enjoy touring by bike, there’s the Ride The Divide bike route nearby that follows a similar route. Both follow some of the most remote, but also some of the most spectacularly scenic, sections of the country.
For just a taste of the adventure, here’s the trailer for the film “Appalachian Impressions.”