Being springtime in Southern California after a super rainy winter, there's wildflowers everywhere. And everyone wants to see the Golden Poppy - which carpets hillsides in this bright orange, which is super impressive. There's several locations around SoCAL where stupid online articles point people towards - so they turn into this massive tourist hell. The kind where people stomp all over and destroy the flowers in order to take their perfect Instagram shot. Sections of several parks are closed off from a few years ago when people trampled tons of flowers. Then this year some assholes landed their private helicopter in the middle of the flower fields!
I'm huge on land conservation, and it becomes disheartening when most of the populace doesn't understand basics like: don't go off trail; don't approach wild animals
; don't take stuff from parks. All the time and effort for nature to create these things, and some clueless family who's never been outside before - damages it.
The dumbest part of this flower craze: the wildflowers are everywhere. As you'll see below, huge traffic jams form around the well-known sites; but just driving around town here, there's entire hillsides covered - and nobody thinks to visit them (probably a blessing; but also because it requires some minimal amount of effort to reach them). My S/O and I went on an 8 mile hike today just to reach a flower grove, and we never saw another person on the trail (which we didn't have to leave to be with the flowers either!). I'll post a few pics once my S/O uploads them. Meanwhile across the road, cars poured into the state park non-stop, after they bought some strawberries from the vendor van. It isn't much of a nature experience when you're sharing it with hundreds of people + Instagram hell*.
But here's the folks clogging roads / trampling parks (not my pics):
*These people are everywhere, unfortunately. It really takes the spectacle out of your "perfect social media influencer life" when you're only going to a park so your boyfriend can take about 50 photos of you next to a rock/tree/waterfall; and then immediately turn around and go home, so you can go shill some sponsored product. Oh and you also try to livestream your nature experience for your fans, and complain when there's no wifi.
And since these people cause so much mental strife for so many people, remember: these people live shallow lives, and its just the illusion of an interesting life; not an actual one.