Letter by Stephanie Masse
My family spent all last week planning a camping trip with two other families. We decided to go to Herbert River because we'd heard how gorgeous it was. We knew it would probably be cold and rain the whole time we were there, but that was a chance we were willing to take for a little bit of fun. We gathered some wood on Thursday night and brought it out there to use over the weekend. That was our first mistake. When we got there Friday to set up, we found that every single piece of our wood was gone. Now, this is a free country and if someone found it and needed some wood, that's great - help yourself - but this was a whole truckload that someone picked up and took off with.
We also found lots of trash. It was unbelievable. There was a canister vacuum, an engine, a tailgate and a big pile of plastic and garbage. There was even an old rusted out car in the river. We burned what we could, but when we left Sunday morning, not a lot had changed.
We also had a problem with the traffic between midnight and 5 a.m. - it seemed like it was never ending. We thought that we had picked an out-of-the-way spot, but when I woke up at 3 a.m., Sunday morning, there was a red Jeep four-wheeling in and out of the river at our campsite.
It's hard to believe that there are people in the world that are so thoughtless and rude that they would destroy the pristine Alaska wilderness that we have come to love in order to have a good time.
Guess we'll have to keep searching for the ``ultimate'' camping spot.