May 26, 2009

Be An Unnoticeable Campers

Unlike your permanent home, a campsite is a temporary habitation. After you leave, other people will come to enjoy the same scenery. But will it be the same after you have been there?
Protect wild places be becoming an unnoticeable (invisible) camper. You don’t need to drink a magic potion. Just decide that there will be no trace of your remaining when you have departed your campsite.
Check out these nice ideas:
  • To avoid mashing plants, pitch your tent where the ground is already bare.
  • To keep campsite from growing larger, camp within the site boundaries.
  • To preserve trees, collect wood that’s already down. Never break any branches off trees, even if they’re dead. Tree carving will harm trees, and the out-of-doors is no place for graffiti of any kind.
  • To prevent pollution of water, don’t drain soapy water in streams or lakes. Follow camp regulations for the disposal of dish water.
  • To leave your campsite cleaner than you found it, go on a litter patrol. Search out and discard all litter. Take only photos and leave only footprints.
  • Respect your fellow campers. Keep noise down, especially during official camp “quiet” hours.

Do you have any ideas of your own? Share them to us or with camping companions. Of course it might be a bit hard to find other campers. They may be invisible too! hehehe.
Take nothing, but pictures.
Leave nothing, but footprints.
Kill nothing, but time.

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