Question: Has The Sierra Club been infiltrated by demented idiots?

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed to find out the answer was no.

It’s not that I was keen to skewer the Sierra Club; rather, I was excited to post my irate rantings.

A week or so ago, I read an article blasting a plan set forth by local environmental groups that would supposedly destroy the urban forests of San Francisco.  I wrote a delightfully incendiary post forthwith.  I love to write when I am enraged, and I was quite pleased with the piece, despite its somewhat bombastic tone.

Then, a couple of level-headed folks suggested I seek other sources to double-check my facts before posting.  I suppose I should be grateful.

Said plan had been somewhat fictionalized and largely misconstrued by the author of the article.  Mt. Davidson is not, as I thought, on the chopping block of demented idiots.

Beyond a general concern for the planet, I have a selfish interest in the upkeep of our city’s forests:  I head up Mt. Davidson several times a week.  In fact, it is one of the great joys of living in the stupid fog zone.  Minutes from my door I can be in the forest, at the foot of it, completely oblivious to everything except trees and forget-me-nots.  It is lush, teeming with birds, and from the top, one can see for miles.  Such a walk is perfect for clearing the head, for remembering that in spite of the madness of everyday life, we are just wee beings on this incredible planet.  It makes me think about that painting by Caspar David Friedrich:  Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog.

Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog

Actually, when I picture this painting in my head, the artist’s self-portrait is on a much smaller scale.

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Of course I am relieved that evil infiltrators are not, in fact, masquerading as environmentalists while plotting to clear cut this mount.  I would be seriously aggrieved to lose my weekly constitution.  I’ll just have to find something else to make me mad as hell and inspire an engaging post.

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Beret Olsen

Writer, photographer, teacher, and part-time insomniac.

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