I have a snowmobile trail on the western boundary of my property. It is a heavily traveled spur of the ITS, and I allow the local snowmobile club to use my property for that purpose. They trim trees, bush-hog the trail, etc, but there is no expense to them for the use of my property. I like to walk Duke on that trail because it's safer than the back-road running through here, with all the log-trucks, etc. When we encounter snowmobilers, I get Duke well to the other side of the trail, and they stay well on their side, slow down, and usually wave and smile as they pass. Today, however, one snowmobiler stuck mostly to the center of the trail and barreled by at a high rate of speed, and the only acknowledgement he gave me was a glare, as if I shouldn't have been there. In contrast, the fellow following him showed down, kept to his side of the trail and waved as he passed. Common sense and common courtesy. The fact is that most of the people using this trail are pretty nice and friendly, but a few more jerks like the one that barreled through here today would prompt me to shut the gate and lock it, depriving the club of 1/2 mile of trail that they could not possibly replace without a lot of work and expense, and negotiating with other land-owners. The club posts nice signs saying "Landowners Share. We must Care.", but the sentiment seems lost on some that think that pedestrians, pets, and skiers should stay off "their" trails. Sorry for the venting, but my sentiment after encountering the jerk this morning was to shut the gate. Why? To punish the decent people for the acts of a jerk? How often do we place undue restrictions on the majority in reaction to the acts of a minority? I intend to write a letter to the local paper hoping to make people understand that almost all of the snowmobile trails in this state are on privately-owned land, and that land-owners and their guests have the right to use that property, even if it is groomed and marked as a snowmobile trail. I don't know if it will do any good, but I have to try.