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Leave No Trace (Especially Toenails)


I saw this on a good friend's Facebook page a couple of days ago. She went on a 30-mile, 2-day hike down in Florida, and was having some major feet issues after the first day. Ouch! I thought this line about not leaving your toenails behind was pretty fitting for today's Thursday Throwdown theme: Earth Day!

I love being outdoors, so celebrating Earth Day just comes with the territory! Want to enjoy that park where you take your kids, or comfortably feel the sand between your toes? We'd better take care of Mother Earth, y'all!!

One way we can all help out is by following the seven principles of Leave No Trace when we spend time outdoors. You'd be surprised how often people carelessly leave trash behind when they're outdoors, or how many people disrupt things in their natural habitat for the sake of being the "rebel" in their group. Not cool, people.

Last year, when I visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I was really shocked at how many people just threw trash everywhere. On the streets, on the beach, you name it, there was trash. It made me sad, especially since the weather was perfect, and you were surrounded by the ocean. The things we do to disrupt the environment affect all of us, worldwide!


When I go hiking, I follow the principles of Leave No Trace to the best of my ability. I carry an extra bag with me for trash, and make sure I can tie it up so that nothing blows out of it. If the signs tell me to stay on the trail, I stay my butt on the trail. I don't mess with the animals (I've seen so many jerks throw things at all types of wildlife), and I don't mess with the foliage if I don't have to.

For Earth Day, I'm going to try to make it out to a park before sunset. I'm going to bring a trash bag with me that can double as a glove if I turn it inside out, and I'm going to pick up bottles, plastic bags, or anything else I might see at the park (excluding dog poop, or anything else especially gross) that doesn't belong.

How are you planning to celebrate Earth Day 2016? Are you doing a park/stream cleanup in your community? Are you going to get outdoors?

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14 comments

  1. I will sometimes pick up another dog's poop when I'm out walking Lola. It drives me insane that people don't pick up after their dogs!

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    1. It really is super gross, especially when you're in the suburbs, and you know there are people walking around! Thanks for linking up with us again! #ttlinkup

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    2. I can't believe that people let their dogs just poop everywhere and leave it!!! uugh!!

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    3. It is seriously so foul! I was at a restaurant once, and sitting outdoors, and this lady was sitting at the table next to me. She had her dog tied to her chair. THE DOG POOPED RIGHT THERE WHERE EVERYONE WAS EATING AND THE LADY IGNORED IT. I had to say something. So foul :-(

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  2. Leave no trace...I have heard of that but didn't know it was actually a 'thing' ...good to know.

    I think I might take the kids to a park for some trash clean up tomorrow after our activities.

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    1. You totally should! We've had such great weather this week!

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  3. I love this idea! We are big about not littering when we go to parks/trails but I admittedly don't clean up after others. It'd be a nice gesture to do so for earth day!

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    1. Definitely! I know I could do more, so I'm going to challenge myself.

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  4. I totally agree with your hiking philosophy, we need to make sure we pick up after ourselves while hiking. No one else will!

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  5. We all have to do our job to keep our earth clean! I always try to pick up any trash that I see on the beach. Sad about Rio, but I bet they'll clean up a ton before the Olympics!! :)

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    1. It's so sad! The reports about the water where sports like rowing is happening... it's scary. I'm worried about the health of the athletes, as well as the health of people who come into contact with that water regularly!

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  6. I don't think I've anything for earth day since middle school.

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    1. You should try to do something this year! It's great that it's in the spring, since the nice weather is more encouraging for outdoor activities.

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