Good Taste Police for Mourneing Sites
I too have noticed several 'memorials' in the Mournes, one on Donard, Commedagh and along the Trassey Track. I am most at peace in the Mournes and can't think of a better place to leave my mark or for others to leave it for me. I understand people's desire to create these little mark's of remembrance, especially if their loved one has died while walking in the Mournes. To be fair, so far, any of these sites I have seen have been quite discreet and tasteful and I would not wish to disrespect or offend any of the families involved. However, I would hate to see more and more of these popping up. My fear is that because there is no 'Good Taste Police' in the Mournes [have you seen the way wer dress up there] there is a real danger of plastic flowers and other ostentatious things like little statues of the Virgin Mary appearing and I'm not talking apparitions, - if I died and my kids put a big MUM in plastic flowers on top of Doan [can you imagine it]! I would haunt them for the rest of their lives.
If you're an avid walker and spend a lot of time in the Mournes, let's face it, it becomes the place from where you draw your strength, where you get respite from all the other S H one T in life, and therefore where you are most at peace - it becomes your resting place in life, never mind your final one.
We do our fare share of damage when we're walking, albeit unintenionally - even though we are particular about taking home our rubbish etc. Couldn't we give something back when we pop our Brashers, Wolfskins etc.. Lots of areas have been set on fire, trees felled etc. in recent years. How about we a a little piece of woodland at the foot of some mountains, just for planting trees in memory of a loved one who has touched the ultimate void. Along the early part of the Trassey Track, at Batt's Wood, Bloody Bridge etc. Surely this would help undo a little of our Carbon Bootprint [not that I'm convinced about the whole footprint malarkey]. Families and other loved ones could put a 'little' standard issue name or whatever on each tree. Or a map could be created showing where each 'person's' tree is in the wood etc. etc. Keep the flowers off the mountains. When we pop our boots, donations in leiu ..... to Mountain Resue etc.
Just a thought on the whole 'ashes' angle. The idea of having your ashes scattered sounds good when you first consider it, but it just occured to me, you know how when you're out walking and you get caught short for a pee or worse....... mmmm...... Talk about being shit upon from a great height I DON'T THINK SO l!!
I'm gonna sign off now 'cause this is getting way too morbid for a Friday night.