It almost broke my heart (“Fire results in bigger, more plentiful fish in Black Pine Lake,” The Herald, June 5). I started going to Black Pine Lake more than 70 years ago with my dad, and it’s been what we thought was a little-known jewel of a lake and campground, but it was such a peaceful and beautiful a spot that we hoped that nobody but the locals in Twisp would ever know about it.
Imagine my shock and surprise to see it written up in the Herald, and I know we should be willing to share these things with other fishermen and campers, but we’ve all seen what’s happened to places like this way too many times before. They become overcrowded with too many who don’t have the slightest idea what an outdoor experience is. Pollution, noise, overcrowding, garbage, it all happens when a place becomes popular. One can only wish that when someone discovers a gem like Black Pine they would keep it to themselves and let others discover it on their own.