Here is the first story. Here is the second.
This is what publicity has done to the swimming holes in the Catskills. Being named "the Best" is not an honor, it is a nightmare. How can these people be such disrespectful slobs? Are they so ignorant they can't understand "leave nothing but your footprints, take nothing but pictures" ?
I wrote to Governor Cuomo expressing my concerns, and received the following response yesterday from DEC:
Besides the things they outline, I think the State needs to conduct a public education campaign to shame the tourists who have no clue how to behave in a beautiful and sacred natural place. Step up enforcement too! Fine them!
And Travel & Leisure (& upstate.com) should have to pay for the clean up, enforcement, and public education campaign.