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Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby T'a Nuk » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:46 am

Just a note to all who enjoy visiting our national outdoor spaces this summer. Welcome! Spread the word and example by PLEASE not throwing rubbish about or starting unnecessary fires. Remember that many of these places are sacred and must be treated thus. Would you throw your trash on the floor of a temple or church? While I am sure that none of the members of this forum would act in such a disrespectful manner, do not be afraid to call out those who do. If nothing else a good example is the best sermon.
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Re: Tourists

Postby firebirdflys » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:35 am

Thank you for putting this out there. Hopefully no one from this forum would do anything that resembled littering. It's one of the things that makes me crazy so I try to pick up trash where ever I go. I always have bags in my day pack.

In fact lets make this a challenge shall we TallOne?

Where ever you go...and especially in your National Parks, state parks and city parks ...Heck Everywhere!..pick up trash!
Bring a bag, pick up trash!
Chime in if your with us!
I promise to pick up trash!

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Re: Tourists

Postby SnowCat » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:57 am

When we visited Yellowstone last year, we saw a lot of people ignoring warning signs and getting way too close to geysers and hot pools.

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Re: Tourists

Postby T'a Nuk » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:24 pm

I accept your challenge Firebirdflys! Whenever I gather my secondary mission is trash picking! Snowcat, you present a valid point. In Yellowstone two people had trodden off the safe path to find themselves in hot pools. One was a 13 year old boy who was rescued, the other a 22 year old man who fell through the crust and died. I don't believe he was ever recovered. Last year tourists were responsible for huge fires in Glacier Park, the smoke ruined our summer here. On that tone, best to avoid wild animals as well. Though we may be blessed with a visit from them, best to maintain distance, they are not part of the 'show'. These places are not Disneyland.
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Re: Tourists

Postby SnowCat » Tue Aug 16, 2016 3:23 pm

We were able to see a buffalo and an elk up close when both chose to walk close to our vehicle. We stayed safely inside and admired them. Last September, I took my grandkids up to Grand Lake for the day. We were fortunate enough to see a moose family on our way back. Again, we watched from a safe distance.

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Re: Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby shatteredsouls » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:47 am

Rubbish, yes, something that irks me. I make it a point to ensure rubbish goes into the bin but I've seen lots of rubbish after huge events. Why do those adults not clean after themselves...? Except for those who dropped their rubbish and aren't aware. Is it so difficult to hold onto your rubbish till you reach a trash bin?
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Re: Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby firebirdflys » Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:17 am

Got a big hike today, everyone will have their own trash bags as we travel along the trail, any garbage will have to go!
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Re: Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby SnowCat » Sat Nov 05, 2016 2:31 pm

That would be a good idea even for walks around the neighborhood. Or even for a walk around my front yard. I get a lot of trash blowing into my yard. And of course that means some crazy drifting when it snows.

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Re: Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby Deerstep » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:50 pm

There's a river near where I live. A lot of the college kids just set fires along the edge and don't even bother to put them out, let alone pick up their garbage.
It's a big job, but the river is special to me. Let's put down out wands and pick up our shovels, shall we?
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Re: Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby MsMollimizz » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:59 am


I've been doing this for years !!!
I pick it up wherever I am...
I'm glad I'm not the only one !
Back when I lived in Oakhurst, Ca
(South of Yosemite NP)
In the winter time when the
water level was down, Mom and I
would go and pick up all the glass
shards and pieces we could find.
Then we found out later the local
recycler in the area would take the
broken glass as long as its not covered
with dirt.
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Re: Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby T'a Nuk » Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:20 pm

Everything is on fire here now. We literally cannot see across the street for all the smoke and ash, noon looks like early evening, Glacier park is being evacuated and we have lost millions of acres of ancient forest all around Flathead lake. Houses can be rebuilt, these woods cannot. I certainly hope that this year stands a a lesson in our duty as stewards of this beautiful planet, as much of this could have been prevented through responsible forest management with conservation being the priority over budget. I point my finger firmly at those we entrusted with this sacred task as negligent and selfish.
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Re: Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby firebirdflys » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:38 pm

A few years ago we camped in the same campground as the forest management crew. They had several of the group sites. It was interesting talking to these folks (men and women) who signed on from all over the place, some of them found this job on Craigs list. Some had done it for years. Many were college students with a few weeks on their hands between semesters. Looked like real fun hard work. And they got to be in the out of doors living under the stars for these jobs that lasted for various lengths of time, at many different locations. They were doing the Inyo National forest and environs, Cut and burn.
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Re: Tourists / trash / Temple of the Earth challenge

Postby Tyrande » Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:24 am

I'd love to be a part of this! I live by a beautiful thin nature trail between 2 rivers. A small flowing river to the right side and the faster Great Delaware to the left. I go there often and usually see litter/doggie bags on it. It makes me so upset that some people can treat the world as their garbage bin.
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