No Bullet Train

. . . Through Pacheco Pass Wildlands

 
  [Remnants of 1852 wagon road and toll house just below Pacheco Pass]

 

 

Man can safely assume that for all his shortcomings, he is bright enough to carry on his civilization on the 95 per cent or so of the land he has already disrupted. He is wise enough to recognize that he will not have a bright land, nor really serve himself well, if he hurries to disrupt that last five per cent on the pretext that progress will otherwise cease. It won't. It will cease, however, if we cannot be kind enough to tomorrow's men to leave for them, in big wilderness, a chance to seek answers to questions we have not yet learned how to ask.

David R. Brower

 

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[Looking Southwest from Pacheco Pass towards Pinnacles National Monument]

THE WILDNESS WITHIN US