Washington State Department of Natural Resources roasts hikers

There’s nothing better in this world than hearing other people’s music from Bluetooth speakers while enjoying a beautiful nature hike.

Wait a minute, that’s not right. Let me try again. There are few things worse in this world than hearing other people’s music from Bluetooth speakers while enjoying a beautiful nature hike.

Yeah, that’s better. No one wants to hear your music in the wild. Not only does it disrupt the sounds of birds, animals, wind, and all the other wonderful sounds of nature, but it also makes you sound like a full-fledged dweeb. Apparently this has become such a problem in Washington State that the state Department of Natural Resources decided to jump in… with this beautiful tweet.

Now, in case you’re like several of the commentators who completely missed the joke and actually believe that the Washington State Department of Natural Resources has created a playlist for your weekend hike, allow me to type the result: It seems there is nothing here”.

That’s right, there are no songs people on the track want to hear from your Bluetooth speaker. Put on headphones or listen to nature like a normal person who actually cares about hiking.

Although the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation makes a pretty valid point in their response…

For some reason, many government agencies seem to be really improving their social media accounts. The various national parks are tweeting memes and jokes, the TSA is just a full-fledged Instagram post, and now we have states calling bad tourists and hikers (also, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Twitter is a gold mine itself). I like it.

If you’re reading all of this and thinking “but I like hiking with my Bluetooth speaker!” then you should stop for a minute and think. Does my music taste good? (probably not) Do other people like my taste in music? (probably not) Does my music taste better than nature sounds? (definitely not). In the end, you ruin other people’s rides because you don’t really like the outdoors, you just like the idea of saying that you love the outdoors, so you drown out all your outdoor activities with loud music so you can take pictures to post on social media and act like you’re cool without having to live what it is than being disconnected. To you, dear hiking lecturers, I say this: Touch Grass.

Image credit: Washington State Department of Natural Resources on Twitter and Mount Rainier National Park on Instagram

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