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.
It’s a great place to kayak!
Little guy followed me everywhere this time…
Gotta keep these two safe and happy!
He’s watching over everyone.
Perfect time and place for a nap.
How do you leave no trace?