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Old 08-30-2015, 09:00 PM   #1
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This is sad, but it figures with the upcoming generation. Can't blame them though, they live in the world we left to them...

http://apnews.myway.com/article/2015...b704abb1f.html

I had the pleasure of hiking a couple hundred miles of the southern end of the AT. Even then there were those amongst us bent on ruining the experience for everyone else. We had "elitists" then, and now there are the "entitled"

Alas, my hiking days are over and long ago. Now I'm in the state park. And of course you see the same entitled attitude. I guess it doesn't bother me so much in a SP campground that anybody with a pickup truck can get to, but to walk 60 miles with 40 pounds on your back and bump into a frat party, yeah, that would suck.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:25 AM   #2
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Apparently the Appalachian Trail is afflicted with Appalachian Trash.

Full-timing in an RV, as I have done for nearly four years now, I had feared that RV parks would be afflicted with that sort of despicable people. I have not found it so; every park I've been in has been quiet and pleasant most of the time. Even people who choose to live in the same space with what I regard as filthy vermin (dogs, that is), pretty reliably keep their animals from bothering the neighbors who are so very close, and clean up after them when they take them for necessary walks. This was not always so in stick-house neighborhoods. So my full-timing fears proved unfounded.

I'm surprised, now, to learn that, in places like the Appalachian Trail, people are behaving in the ways described. Those places should be treated like the Alamo -- sacred and solemn.

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Old 08-31-2015, 07:34 PM   #3
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Back then, on an approach trail, Jack's Knob Trail from Brasstown Bald on our way to Springer Mountain. We were younger then.
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We were younger then.
You both look good in the photo. Is that a tintype print?
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We are on the northern end of the AT and I don't see any real difference people in general are pretty good trash producers though. By the time they get to us they are real hikers and know enough not to carry any more than what they absolutely have to have to survive.
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It is not just the AT but many state parks.. In Michigan all the state parks are Alcohol free zones.. So we get a call about a driver who, when exiting the park, missed the bridge and flooded his car the hard way (in a creek).

He's plastered.. I do not know the BAC but it's well over the legal limit

he is also on parole
No operation of a motor vehicle without permission of parole agent
No consumption of Alcohol
NO possession of Alcohol
No being where Alcohol is served.
Must take chemical (Alcohol) test (He refused breath test but his parole agent overroad)
and so on.

I'm sure when they identified his friends they got to join him in ye-old-slammer too but hey... That shows how much respect SOME folks have for the law.

I have another one.. but it's not as nice (People died).
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We have been volunteering at State Parks and National Wildlife Refuges for a bit over two years and it is disgusting at how trashy people are becoming. Today, my wife and I were out on liter patrol here in Minnesota. In about 2.5 hours, we picked up 6 Walmart backs of trash...stuffed full. Two bags were beer, soda and energy drink cans. The rest was trash.

We had picked up this same area a weeks ago and got 4 bags full.

Absolutely no reason to toss the trash on the side of the road.

I'd like to take the trash and stuff it where the sun doesn't shine.

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Today, my wife and I were out on liter patrol
Liter patrol?
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I work for a local camp ground part time you would not believe what they leave behind tents, sleeping bags, beer, full propane bottles, grills you name it. They outfit them self for a weekend and have no intension of ever using it ever again.
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I work for a local camp ground part time you would not believe what they leave behind tents, sleeping bags, beer, full propane bottles, grills you name it. They outfit them self for a weekend and have no intension of ever using it ever again.
Put it on eBay!

Still trying to figure out what Ken might have meant by "liter patrol" -- a typo, perhaps? Usually I can figure out what was meant, but not this time.
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