Leave no Trace

I just had to share this because I wonder sometimes what people are thinking when they leave their garbage behind at a campsite.

Recently… (well not too recently… But we were hiding a paddle so I haven’t been able to talk about it until now. Congrats to the paddle finder by the way!) I went on a trip to the French River. The French river is absolutely breathtaking! But it strikes me as odd that this is a park that often has signs posted asking people to clean up after themselves yet no one does?

Now this is definitely not a rant about the French River. It’s beautiful and you really must go! But this one particular site that we found was covered in broken glass. As we were unloading the canoe I noticed a few shards sticking up out of the dirt on the pathway up to the main campsite. Once we were settled I took it upon myself to go back and dig them out because we had dogs with us and you never know what the dogs are going to step on or shove their noses in. Goliath was exceptionally adventurous this trip! (Rather than sleeping the whole time…) I imagine it’s the same with small children.

I couldn’t believe it from walking around the campsite how much garbage I actually found! Behind every tree and every rock there was mushy toilet paper, tampon applicators, feminine pads excetera excetera… But it really surprised me when I started to clean up the glass… I wound up with almost 2 large Ziploc bags full of broken glass. It was almost as if someone had thrown a party on the trail leading to the main site and decided to bury their bottles rather than pack them out.

I think it’s really important to clean up after yourself if not just for cleanliness but for the safety of people coming after you. I’m really glad that this post didn’t wind up with a picture of one of the dogs cutting their paw or one of us cutting our feet or worse. (I love walking barefoot!)

I remember being in Algonquin once and I was so worried about my food because it was a solo trip. So I walked it very far away from where I slept. The last day as I was leaving I noticed that someone had dumped their food and left it to rot about 20 feet from where I was sleeping the whole weekend. Sure it was easy for people to just toss it back there and it didn’t affect them, but what if a bear had smelled that while I was there?

It’s common sense folks. Let’s keep these amazing places clean so that everyone can enjoy them, and everyone is safe.

Now that I’m done ranting… Why don’t you have a look at how beautiful the French river is?! (Ok and a lot of the dogs!) And if that’s not a good reason to keep it clean I don’t know what is.

Breathtaking!

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

It’s a great place to kayak!

Camping on the French River

Little guy followed me everywhere this time…

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Gotta keep these two safe and happy!

Camping on the French River

He’s watching over everyone.

Camping on the French River

Camping on the French River

Perfect time and place for a nap.

Camping on the French River

How do you leave no trace?

5 thoughts on “Leave no Trace

  1. Hey Joyce….great photos as always. Your skills are really amazing. The French River is a special place for sure. It is unfortunate that there are some who feel the need to leave garbage behind when in the great outdoors. As you know, I’ve made at least one trip to Algonquin every year for the past 40 years or so(kind of gives my age away lol) and it was no different then as compared to now when it comes to the garbage issue.

    The broken glass is the thing that is most scary. Especially if it was buried in the ground a bit. As you know, we take Katie with us, so we would be most “upset” if she stepped on broken glass and sliced a pad open. I know you take the little guy with you, so stuff like that would be a concern I’m sure.

    I sort of think that the issue is much broader or complex than simply “pack it in…pack it out). When we did were coming out from one of our Algonquin trips this summer, then blatant disregard for the “no bottle/can ban” was astounding. Cases of water, beer you name it.

    But, without going an a rant too much, we always carry bunch of plastic shopping bags with us and pick up what we can along the way. We try our best to minimize packing etc before we go so less garbage to deal with.

    We try to leave only foot prints and take only memories…….and garbage.

    Thanks for posting….it’s a great topic and the pictures are super. Think I mentioned that before.

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