I ran yesterday with my wife and a friend in the Verdugo Mountains via the Whiting Woods Motorway. In the middle of the climb I was suffering a bit, as I ran a little over 23 miles in the San Gabriel Mountains the day before. My wife points and shouts “wilderness balloon!” It took me a minute to locate it as I had a bit of tunnel vision, but once I did, you could not miss it: a bright red mylar balloon hanging in the chaparral. A child’s birthday in La Crescenta? Valentine’s Day in San Francisco? Some unknown special day on a far-off Pacific island? Who knows? It was carried on the wind from somewhere to pollute this spot and view, perhaps for years to come.

About Wilderness Balloons: I see an unbelievable number of balloons in an unbelievable number of wild places during my forays. They are strung from brush and trees in remote wilderness and hanging from the legs of birds. Mylar balloons frequently cause wildfires when caught in power lines. Balloons are destructive trash and should never be released into the environment. For more information from the US Fish and Wildlife Service about this issue, read here (warning: graphic images of dead wildlife).

Map Showing Location of Today’s Wilderness Balloon

Map of All Wilderness Balloons

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