This week and the week after tend to be a little scary in the San Juan Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo’s around the San Luis Valley. Why? It is the beginning of the July 4th holiday and for so many people that means the great outdoors. I think that is awesome that so many folks are inspired to go out and enjoy this country’s beautiful public land. Unfortunately many of them are doing it the way they were taught to do it 30 years ago by their fathers, etc. Things have changed, there are a lot more people in the world and a lot more people enjoying the outdoors. So I would encourage everyone heading out this next week to take a few minutes and review the Leave No Trace guidelines (http://www.lnt.org/programs/principles.php) for whatever activity you are engaging in in the next few weeks. We have to take care of our space to prevent it from being regulated to the point where we have to sign a contract to use the bathroom, and on the bright note, to make sure it is here for generations of Americans to enjoy. Enjoy being out with your families and help us take care of our public lands.