Through our Seattle Active Dogs Meetup group (I organize a group for all dogs – not just Doxies – now too), I organized a small group to hike the Lake Twentytwo trail and pick up trash. The last time we hiked there, the trail was super, super crowded and I was horrified by the amount of trash I saw.
I used to help with trail work on occasion before my back went bad. I’ve always felt a little down because I couldn’t help to build and restore trails anymore. In more recent years I would occasionally pick up trash, but our last hike to Lake Twentytwo inspired me to start picking up trash on trails every time that I went.
There were three of us hiking with our dogs Saturday. We enjoyed the pleasant, vigorous hike up and had lunch on a sunny rock at the lake. We took out our garbage bags and “gloves” (two of us just used doggie poo bags) and picked up trash on the way back down.
We had a lot of fun with it. Part of the reason for having several people pick up trash on a busy day was for others to see us. It wasn’t because we wanted them to thank us or see how “good” we were. Instead, it was to make picking up trash a visible, fun thing to do in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.
Kind of like kids, we made a game of it to see who could spot it first and pick up the most. We would laugh, joke and make a production of it every time we did it. I know our evil planned worked at least a little because people chuckled when they saw us being silly.
All together, we picked up about 3 lbs of trash, enjoyed a beautiful day on the trail, and enjoyed good company.