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AWOL no more … but litter is still there because ‘that’s the way it is’

Yeah, the routine of picking up litter and other junk has resumed (shown is a shade over one week's worth of toil) and my oath is more frequent posts to promote the idea of path-side stewardship.

The lengthy hiatus from anti-litter posts is over; I’ve been AWOL in that regard  and will apologize for it.

What’s not over is picking up trash. The daily grind of picking up and disposing of junk has gone on uninterrupted. Slobs haven’t seemed to take any time off so I won’t either.


Part of my missing-in-action excuse is that for a big chunk of the fall I was in France and Spain hiking the Camino de Santiago; indeed, my last post was laudatory about the cleanliness of Spain.

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Yeah, the routine of picking up litter and other junk has resumed (shown is a shade over one week’s worth of toil) and my oath is more frequent posts to promote the idea of path-side stewardship.

In the very near future I’ll back away from that somewhat; the Camino was an absolute mess, a total disgrace in terms of bottles and wrappers and junk cast aside. The route of the centuries-old pilgrimage deserves much better. It’s not the Spaniards at fault but the pilgrims themselves.

But for now, there’s hope that I’ll settle back into the swing of things and start to post regularly (once or twice a week at most). I’ve been picking up trash on a daily basis but too lazy to show you the sordid results.

This morning’s 5:45 a.m. jaunt in a cold, light rain was testament enough to the staying power of slobs who continue to defile my daily route. An oft-repeated phrase will be repeated again: I just don’t get it. Why do junk-a-holics do what they do? When I returned from Europe there was just so much of ‘it’, just so much trash and refuse all over the place. The euphoria of a world-class walk gave way to litter-induced depression. But as the late Walter Cronkite used to close his CBS newscasts, “and that’s the way it is.” Indeed it is.

About Dave Bradley (264 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.

1 Comment on AWOL no more … but litter is still there because ‘that’s the way it is’

  1. Jess Benningfield // December 9, 2017 at 3:54 pm // Reply

    Glad you are back and enjoy the inspiration ( and grumblings ) !

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