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Old 03-18-2013, 06:56 AM   #11
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I'm glad so many of you considerate campers agree with me and some very good comments have been made, especially about nails. It irks me to see nails sticking out of trees just waiting for someone to walk into them, like children, if they don't know they're there. I really don't see the necessity to put a nail or screw into a tree.
And yes, I do carry a folding rake just in case the caretaker or Park Rangers didn't have the time to clean the campsite before I occupy it. (Besides, I could use the exercise!) It doesn't take much to be a considerate camper.

"Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints" was a huge sign at the entrance to a campground in a State Park in Rhode Island. I saw that wood carved sign 45 years ago and I still remember it. It should be the "Golden Rule" for campers.
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:59 AM   #12
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I like to leave every site I stay at a little better than I found it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:12 AM   #13
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I like to leave every site I stay at a little better than I found it.
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That's my sentiment also.

I see you're from upstate N.Y. I am also. Poughkeepsie. Where you located?

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:26 AM   #14
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Mike:
Send me a PM so we can connect offline via email so we can talk. It's easier for me than using the message area.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:52 AM   #15
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Agreed some could do a much better job at leaving the site better than they found it. We have two dogs and I don't understand why people don't pick up after them.

And why so many smokers think the world is their ashtray is beyond me!!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:05 AM   #16
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As a retired scouter we always told the youth to leave the campsite in better shape them when they found it. Before we left camp we would all line up and sweep the site picking up any thing that was left on the ground.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:07 AM   #17
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We have our kids trained pretty well to not only help clean up trash they find at the campsite or on a river (we've taken part in kayaking trash clean-ups), but they also know to pick up any trash we may drop or the wind carries.

Now... why they leave trash on the FLOOR at home is beyond me. LOL.

When we camp, we prefer to use cans instead of bottles. Lighter and less trash and easier to clean up.

I will give the area a visual sweep for obvious dangers sticking out of the ground, but it still makes me nervous there could be something to hurt feet. We wear shoes all the time (fire ants and snakes will make you do that), but I have two dogs to worry about, too.
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:32 AM   #18
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I like to leave every site I stay at a little better than I found it.
Same here. Makes me wonder who are the ones who do the opposite?
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:41 AM   #19
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What frosts my cake are the A-holes that break beer bottles and leave cigarette buts around the site and in the fire ring and the grounds crew that doesn't bother to pick up after they leave.
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What frosts my cake are the A-holes that break beer bottles and leave cigarette buts around the site and in the fire ring and the grounds crew that doesn't bother to pick up after they leave.
Yes, I have found pieces of glass many times while cleaning up and that really scares me. I camp alone and never walk around barefoot but what about the other campers that will occupy the site after I leave and have small kids?
I'm a smoker but I have never thrown a butt on the ground for someone else to clean up. I always use an ashtray.
As many have said, leave the site in better shape then when you arrived. That's a good rule of thumb! It's all a matter of common sense.
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