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Trash at 10,000 ft.

As many of you already know, I’m addicted to all things Wyoming. My family lived there when I was very young, and I visit the state at every opportunity.

One of those times was the week of July 11 – 18 as part of my annual pilgrimage to backpack the Wind River Range, and the Bridger Wilderness in particular.

For the most part, it is pristine high country – for the most part. The rule in the back country is haul out what you haul in. So it was with some dismay that Twix and Quaker Chewy Granola Bar (more than one of these) wrappers were among the junk found around campsites or blowing loose above 10,000 ft. I should’ve taken photos of this debris but was slow on the draw to do so.

It seems slobbery knows no altitude or state boundaries. If we can’t keep a wilderness area clean, what hope is there for the more populated areas?

About Dave Bradley (259 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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