Don’t Be a Trashy Hiker

One of the many things I enjoy about hiking is the quiet and solitude, getting away from the everyday routine and away from the busyness of the world to disconnect. I can usually find this anytime during the year no matter the season.

One of the many places I enjoy hiking is in our state parks, but there is one time of the year I find it’s not as quiet and offers little solitude.

4th of July…

The holiday for some kicks off their summer and for others it’s there annual vacation. Families flock to beaches while others flock to state parks. And when they leave, many leave behind what they bring.

As I went for a brief hike yesterday at one of our state parks near my home I watched families having one last picnic or fishing outing before packing up and heading home. But I also saw a disturbing sight. Trash spilling over the brims of containers. Trash scattered along the trails and lake shore. And trash left on picnic tables and around pavilions.

It was disturbing to see how many seem to not care. It’s sad that the few can ruin a beautiful sight for the many. In my head I wanted to tell them it’s better to stay home and trash up their own yard and to stay out of creations backyard.

It’s simple; if you bring it with you, take it with you.

Here’s a thought; if someone came to your home and left trash laying around as if they didn’t care, how would you react? You’d be upset, mad for sure. So why is it ok to leave trash in the home of God’s creatures? I think the problem comes from a lack of respect, responsibility and entitlement.

Today we hear more and more about bears attacking people. Here’s my take on it; it’s not the bears fault. It’s ours. We’ve entered their home and have been disrespectful. But when a bear protects it’s home, the bear is found at fault. Something about that doesn’t seem right.

So here is my simple message for today. Whether it’s a summer holiday or not. Whether you venture into the woods and parks once a year or often. Have respect for what God has blessed you with in nature. If you bring trash with you, take it back with you. Because I’m sure the bears and other animals don’t want to put up with your trash anymore then I do. Leave it the way you found it. Don’t be a trashy hiker. You give those who are hiker trash a bad name.

3 thoughts on “Don’t Be a Trashy Hiker

  1. Absolutely! From my hiking perspective, I have noticed that trails in state parks are usually worse than the national parks. I will pick up trash as I go … unless it is really disgusting. And the really disgusting trash is what I really, really, don’t understand.

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