Post # 1
I love nature. I love camping and fishing, anything with water and trees! I take my only daughter camping each year for her birthday. This year was not any different, except for the fact that it was her last camping trip as she is now an adult.
I have tried to teach my kids to respect nature. To appreciate the beauty in the world, even in the most remote wilderness areas.
We cannot preserve all of our world, but a little slice of that is set aside for recreation purposes. Those very few spots that are left, are starting to look like the rest of our world! And no I am not a tree hugger…..I just love the beauty of untouched nature.
We went fishing and hiked some into the back country to find the good spots, the unfished areas. And what did I find. Garbage. People who went there to hike or fish or whatever and dump all of their soda cans, broken beer bottles……but I think the thing that spoke the most to me was the three Shell styrofoam coffee cups, lids still on them nicely placed in a bar of sand next to the stream. Really?? Is it that hard to pick you shit up and take it out with you? People (or so I thought) go out in these parts to be one with nature. It was upsetting to me, as I pack out WHATEVER I pack in. I love nature, and respect our lands. And I guess I am disappointed that even the “untouched” areas, man (the slobs of the world) inevietably have to leave their (GARBAGE) mark. PLEASE PICK UP YOUR GARBAGE!!! It ruins the visit for those who come behind you and expect to see things as Mother Nature has intended!!
Post # 3
@thumpurr: I’ve had the exact same thoughts while walking my dogs on the local walking trail……garbage thrown helter skelter in the brush TWENTY FEET FROM A GARBAGE CAN. Its just the height of laziness and disrespect. I’d hate to see what these people’s houses look like…
Post # 4
@Bridey77: It was just so frustrating…..had I had a garbage bag I would have picked it up and taken it to a garbage can. It is just sheer laziness. I am sure they must live like pigs in their home.
Post # 5
It’s really bad when people can’t pick up after themselves. I hate when I see people throw garabge out their window driving on the highway. When we go to the Florida Panhandle there are beer cans everywhere on the beach because people can’t be bothered to hang on to their trash while they walk 2 minutes to the garbage can. We always take ours bach and pick up as much as we can from what other people leave behind.
Post # 6
last backpacking trip i did in the beautiful maroon bells area….i spotted a half assed attempted at burying used pads, so gross! pack it out! the trailhead was only 1.5 miles away!
Post # 7
I can’t even fathom being raised that way!
It’s always been so obvious to not leave your garbage everywhere. I’ve even ridiculously messy in my own house. I go to the lake? We fish out the bags that other people let blow in. It’s not hard!
I will admit, there was one time where we had an unfortunate latrine situation on a field trip when I was like, 13. I refused to use the latrine they made us build and dug my own little pee spot. I may have left a toilet paper square or two buried there.
I was young. I couldn’t do it after the lecture they gave us about bringing the used tampons to a mom with a big plastic bag. My 13 year old self panicked. Alas.
Post # 8
I never litter if I can help it. Sometimes I will toss a compost item in the bushes when there isn’t a trash can, but never anything that won’t break down within a week or whatever. One of my friends carries bags around for picking litter up… Somerimes I have to stop her, because a few things she really should not touch. It amazes me the things people will throw on the ground, and you KNOW that they knew they were being disgustingly lazy.
My county has a program where certain clubs and business “adopt” part of the road, and I guess they regularly pick up garbage, because it is usually quite clean in most areas. It is very nice!:-)
Post # 9
Leave no trace people. I’ve had to pack out garbage left by other dumb jerks from the back country. That said, I feel like people in my area of the world are usually really good about it.