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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Annual Garbage Ride

Last weekend we had our annual garbage ride, where we pack garbage bags & other implements of good citizenry and head out to our favorite trails to pick up the garbage left by other off-roaders who lack the simple decency to not trash the wilds. This year seven of us went and spent Sunday in the Calapooya Mountains here in Western Oregon. Sadly, we made a record haul. I must have had a thousand crushed beer cans stuffed in my rear cargo box by the time I got home...about 90% of them were all Keystone Light 16oz'ers. We also picked up countless shotgun shells, discarded clothes, plastic bottles, and general-purpose household garbage. We had to leave several items which were just too big to carry on an ATV or dirtbike such as mattresses and household appliances. One of the more unsettling finds we made was atop Blue Mountain where we came across a completely unattended, still smouldering campfire. This, after three weeks of 90+ degree windy weather and an unprecedented drought. I honestly cannot imagine what idiocy runs through some people's minds.

Arriving home we all dumped out our bags, boxes, & cartons of garbage into my freshly emptied garbage trailer (8' pickup bed) and nearly filled it to the top. A hot, sweaty, dirty day in the woods but now at least our part of America is a little bit more the Beautiful and we celebrated with a cooler of our own beer (good local micro brew, not Keystone Light!) and a big barbecue. Every bottle went into the recycling bin and every drop was well recycled and used to keep the field weeds greener just a bit longer.

The USA is a heck of a nice place. I wish people treated her better.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-13-2015, 06:54 PM
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It would be nice if more people like you did their part. We thank you for your efforts.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-16-2015, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Joe. Western Oregon has really taken a beating since the loggers got started and now there are virtually no old growth forest left, or even 'forest' for that matter...nowadays it's all 2nd & 3rd generation re-plant tree farms infested with invasive species (Himalayan blackberries & Gorse) and mouldering slash fields. Even still, it's a beautiful place and a real draw for hikers, hunters, & off-road explorers. It's such a shame that nearly every woodland clearing, vale, & overlook are just trashed by the inconsiderate yahoos who come out to the woods to get drunk and literally tear it up. They leave so much litter and cause so much is really disgusting. So we do what we can.
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Way to go James. I almost got in a fight a few years back when a guy tossed a beer can down in front of me during a pit stop at Black Mountain. I picked it up and politely gave it to him "suggesting" he dropped it. He started to toss it down again, gave me the stink eye and put it in his cooler. Not sure what my next move was.

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