A Remote Balloon in the Verdugo Mountains
Yesterday, I joined my wife and a friend on my first substantive trail run since the Chimera 100, having spent the last several weeks with the lingering effects of running more than 50 miles on an unhappy iliotibial band. Detracting from my enjoyment for a few moments (seriously, as these things irk me), was the glaring sight of a bright blue mylar balloon hung up in an oak tree in a canyon on the eastern slope of Mt. Thom. Obviously, I could not retrieve it.
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).