The Mystery on Blizzard Mountain created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Aldens are visiting a campground up in the mountains. It’s cold, but the experience is still nice, but weird stuff starts to happen, as always. There’s been a few artifacts stolen from the local museum. Some people complain about there being so many trails on the mountain. They don’t want tons of people coming to see the mountain. Camping goods go missing. Who could be doing all of these awful things?
What I liked
I like the mountains and I do like reading about the mountains. I have never really lived in mountains where there is snow though. I’ve seen a blizzard once in my life. Nobody will forget 1993 in the South. There was a blizzard and then there were tornadoes.
What I didn’t like
I get that some people think that to preserve an environment people shouldn’t be going there and there are certainly some good arguments for that side of the story. On the other hand, if people don’t see whatever it is, they’re not going to care about preserving it and, therefore, will not participate in any activities, monetary or otherwise, that would lead to said environment being preserved. I mean, sure, we all want to save the rain forests, but unless you actually go to the rain forest and see how awesome it is, the full necessity of saving it isn’t going to affect you. If you can’t go visit some awesome mountain peak, how are you to know it’s worth saving?
Over the past few days, I’ve gone to see several Revolutionary War battle sites. Do you think I would have been inclined to put any money or volunteer activity towards these sites without seeing them? No, I really didn’t have any special affinity for Revolutionary War battle sites. Seeing it does make a difference. The gravity of the importance of the site is made clear when actually seeing something in the flesh.
The point in all of this is that, sure, you can try to hide something from the public that should be preserved, like the character in this book, or you can open it to the public so they can see what it is and why it needs to be preserved.
Dairy Queen should open a location on Blizzard Mountain so they can sell Blizzards to people going to look at Blizzard Mountain. They can even have a special Blizzard Mountain Blizzard flavor for people visiting Blizzard Mountain.
What do you think about preserving ecological and historical sites?
Do you feel you would put time and money towards preserving something without having seen it yourself?