Rising amidst Texas Hill Country, the Enchanted Rock shimmers with the promise of stories told and untold. The enchantment of the area was unfortunately violated on March 20 by two alleged perpetrators suspected to be from San Marcos.
The presumed offenders tagged “ca$h truck” on the southern portion of the summit, damaging the ancient splendor captive in Enchanted Rock by indigenous tribes. Despite the fact that it is disrespectful to tag a rock housed in a state park, the consequences of this paint job may be dire.
The damage done by the two alleged local degenerates might have damaged Enchanted Rock’s lichens, which can take years to regrow. Outside of the flora devastation, the paint forced on the ancient site could result in a costly bill for the state.
In order to limit damage the removal process may bring, the Texas Parks and Wildlife department is looking into the use of laser technology. The procedure could cost up to $10,000. The money needed to reinstate the natural state of the rock may have to come from donations due to the department’s limited budget. If people weren’t so willy-nilly with spray cans, the department would not have to scrounge up dollars to clean up a mess someone else made.
Clearly, not every individual who owns a spray can is an artist. The intentions of the alleged perpetrators are unknown, but if their motive was some poor attempt to be artistic, the phrase “ca$h truck” alludes to a need for art classes. Not that folks should run around vandalizing for the sake of vandalization.
For those who have the audacity to destroy nature and other historic artifacts in the name of a good time, serious consequences should be the logical choice of action. The alleged culprits highlighted in the camera footage should know that there are repercussions for their disrespectful and illegal actions.
Against all odds and miscreants, Enchanted Rock has persevered a billion years on this ever-changing planet. It’ll take more than a couple of rascals to disenchant her beauty. The rock has gone through many changes.
In 1978, The Nature Conservancy purchased the pink granite dome at the urging of former first lady, Ladybird Johnson. Before American recognition, Enchanted Rock was a respected site of mysticism for the original inhabitants of the land. The Tonkawa Indians in particular considered the rock to be home to spirits, both tortured and peaceful.
Hopefully these spirits will haunt the suspected offenders until they confess all their sins.
San Marcos and Texas State in general have already gained a reputation for being filled with disrespectful and idiotic college students who do nothing but party. Apparently the fact that many residents of San Marcos believe there is more to life than getting obliterated on a Wednesday night is irrelevant.
Destroying nature is not cute, cool or whatever the purported suspects believed they were doing. Enchanted Rock has been open to those who would like to commune with nature and revel in the beauty of Texas’s natural landscape, not ne’er-do-wells who have to pee on sites to prove they’ve been there.
Instead of violating and damaging the environment, people should work toward improving the quality of both natural and man-made surroundings. If participating in ecological advancement is not one’s speed, it is best not to damage things that have been around longer than all of us.
Believe it or not, there are people out there who still appreciate and respect the allure of nature. Crazy, right?