Boondock campsite clean up, an RV Boondockers responsibility
Finding an abused site that has never seen a Boondock campsite clean up is one of the most disheartning things I know. I get pretty cranky, for a bit, when we pull into a beautiful mountain meadow campsite, only to find it has been used by others in the past.
Or should I say, misused. Broken glass, ashes and scorched rocks, litter scattered around etc.
Used by the sort of folks that just make a fella want to thump some noggins!
I won't just up and leave for another Boondock campsite somewhere else. I go ahead, set my camp and I'll spend a bit of time over our stay there doing a good Boondock campsite clean up of the mess. I consider it to be proper etiquette for RV Boondocking and necessary to protect our Boondocking rights.
And truth is, I feel pretty good, knowing the Boondocks have benefited from me passing through.
My hope is others will notice, mend their ways and participate in doing a few boondock campsite clean ups. I am also hopeful that those already doing it right will help to spread the "leave it cleaner and better than you found it philosophy."
My goal is to leave a Boondock campsite in a condition such that no one can tell I was there by anything more than the tracks I leave when I pull out. I create and leave no fire rings, carved on trees, muddy ruts etc. My trash leaves with me, to be properly placed in a dumpster (which I have permission to use)
Basically, my Boondock campsite clean up philosophy is to pursue the back country ethic of most responsible backpackers, to leave no trace. Pack it in, pack it out.
Another little thing and easy to do. When you step out of your rig at an attraction or even Wally world, and are walking across the lot, please don't walk past that bit of litter on the ground. Pick it up and drop it in the trash can as you enter. Others WILL see and maybe a few will follow your lead.
Not a boondock campsite clean up but it fits into the philosophy.
I know we can't change the whole world, been a lot of folks trying that for a good long time, but we can have an impact on our little part of it.
Demonstration is the best form of education. And if you are at all like me, a bit of GOOD Karma can't possibly hurt!
If we want to preserve our rightful ability to go RV Boondocking, and Urban Boondocking as well, we need to put out a little effort.
Will you help?
Boondock campsite cleanup checklist.
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