Nature’s breathtaking appeal and “that doesn’t mean me!”

trail beauty

Living in this part of the world is really a blessing. Though both counties surrounding Columbia are growing at breakneck speed, we have those “escape” avenues – trails through the woods, along The River and on old rail beds.

We fully agree with letter-to-the-editor Steve Bergey of Mountville (today’s LNP – Always Lancaster) about the ugliness of cigarette butts.

do not kill the fish

Yesterday we found another instance of more ugliness – the “I’m more important and that doesn’t mean me” jerks who trash the parks and trails.


Across The River is the Samuel S. Lewis State Park.

The park offers spectacular vistas of The River and is a great place for dog-walking; the park provides “dog poo bags” and disposal dumpsters for disposal of “refuse accumulated during your stay at the park.”

Yesterday, this dumpster at the park was over half filled with somebody’s old carpet. We hardly think the rolls of old carpet were accumulated at the park. There may be psychological “brandings” that might apply for this person.

We wonder whether the dumper in this case, is simply cheap and opportunistic.

The culprit most likely was not a Boy Scout or Girl Scout.

“The Boy Scouts have a rule: ‘Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it.’ Girl Scouts say, “Leave no trace.”

“If you find a mess on the ground, you clean it up regardless of who might have made the mess. You intentionally improve the environment for the next group of campers. Actually the original form of that rule, written by Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, the father of scouting, was ‘Try and leave this world a little better than you found it.’”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s