Spring 2006 Forward to a Friend

Your Turn Letters from our Readers

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My dad snapped this shot in Glacier National Park. While he went hiking off to the nearest peak a couple of miles away in search of mountain goats, they came right to the parking lot. He returned just in time to see this ram lick a parked Outback.

Environmental friendliness? Kindred spirits? A kid with lollipop-sticky fingers? Only Gilbert the goat really knows....

Chad Weiss
Long Beach, CA

Photo: Buddy Weiss

Rex Redux

In her article “Dino Tales – A Drive Through Time,” author Kathleen Landis laments, “Although Rex’s outfits fill a warehouse, he was between costume changes ... With luck, we’ll find him dressed to the nines the next time we’re in town [Vernal, Utah].”

If you would be so kind as to forward these to her, I would be ever so grateful.

Glade Allred
Vernal, Utah

Escaping Hurricane Rita

Joining millions of my Houston-area neighbors fleeing from Hurricane Rita late in September, my 2003 Forester and I spent 16 hours to travel less than 100 miles on Interstate 45. As the temperatures rose well over 100 degrees during the day, my Forester kept its cool and kept me cool as I set the climate control to a tolerable 75 degrees and cranked up the stereo. By simply releasing the brake and coasting, and seldom accelerating, I rolled past hundreds of overheated, gas-depleted vehicles along the side of the road and arrived at my destination 16 hours later with half a tank of gas remaining.

Subaru can take the heat!

Susan Rodaitis
Houston, TX

Family Mountain

Thank you for the Palomar Mountain article, and especially for the link to Peter Brueggeman.

My great-great-grandfather was a pioneer there in the 1800s, and through Peter I’ve been able to make contact with a distant cousin who still lives there and is a fifth-generation cattle rancher on the mountain. I had wanted to find a descendant for more than 20 years, and through your inclusion of historical links, I finally have success.

Many, many thanks.

Janet Landauer
Atherton, CA

Responses to Winter 2006 Issue’s Geocaching Feature Article

Just Another Recreational Way to Justify Sophisticated Littering

I just want to express my disappointment when I discovered that my Winter 2006 issue of Drive magazine had a feature on the hobby of geocaching. As a loyal Subaru customer (I own a 2000 Outback), the previous articles in Drive which reflected Subaru’s participation in environmentally conscious events and projects left a satisfied feeling inside of me that at least the manufacturer of my car had such inclinations.

What we don’t need to do is to encourage the public to participate in activities that are of no benefit to the earth’s current situation. Even though geocaching may seem to be on a small scale, it still gives people carte blanche to leave objects in pristine habitats that don’t belong there.

As an amateur herpetologist, I have seen dumped and left-behind objects in the deserts and mountain foothills, including in what was once considered unspoiled habitat. People illegally dump all the time.

What makes geocaching that much different? So you leave it somewhere for someone else to deliberately find? If geocachers would restrict their locations to cities for their “treasures,” it wouldn’t have an impact, but the whole point of it is to get someone “hunting” out in the boonies away from civilization to find this “prized” junk. Just another recreational way to justify sophisticated littering.

Hanna Strauss
Sherman Oaks, CA

The Article Will Be Very Helpful

Thank you very much for allowing me to share the geocaching article with educators and other Discovery Education Field Managers who are located in several key locations in the U.S.

I will keep you informed of the feedback and how the article is used with teachers. Geocaching, GPS use and Google Earth [www.earth.google.com] are all HOT topics that are becoming the focus of professional development workshops for teachers. Our resources are also great tools to support educators’ instruction.

I plan to hold a GPS, geocaching and Google Earth workshop this summer, and the article will be very helpful.

Love my Subaru Outback!

Jan Wee
Wisconsin Discovery Educator Network Field Manager

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