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Thursday, October 26, 2017
Not a price worth paying

To the editor,

I am writing to voice my protest that plans for replacing power lines infringe on the view and experience of hiking up the access road at Miller State Park. I have hiked that road my entire life – I have memories hiking it with my family as a teenager and climb it regularly as an adult.

I couldn’t possibly count the number of times I’ve hiked it, it has been so many.I am even willing to pay the entrance fee to walk the road when so many other nearby trails are available to hike for free. This is because sometimes it is wonderful to have pavement under my feet so that my focus isn’t on my footing; I can enjoy the scenery and take in so many more observations. I love observing the shifting seasons when I walk: when the blueberries are ripe and when they have passed, or when morning ice lingers dramatically on the trees at the top while lower down the ice has already melted, or trying to sight the different winter and summer birds whose sounds I hear.

The road can produce magical transformations, both external and internal – I have experienced serenity and peace on that road many times when starting out from the parking lot I did not feel that way. Please do all that you can to preserve this experience and this window into the natural world that so many hikers have spent decades enjoying. I know there are complex issues of safety and accessibility for equipment repair, but ruining such a unique experience is not a price worth paying.

Anna Von Mertens

Peterborough