Wild Northerner Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 5

PUBLISHERS NOTE

behind such as scorched pans, rags of soiled toilet paper and plastic cigar butts. They even built a makeshift toilet by cutting down some trees and hammering down a toilet seat lid on it. It was about 25-feet from where your tents go. Who the hell does that? Someone who should not be out there.

We went to Pukaskwa National Park in the summer. We arrived and were lucky enough to have the option of about 10 to 12 sites to pick from. We drove around. I liked one site. We stopped the truck and I got out and looked around it. In an instant, I was in shock.

I’ve never seen it before in any park or camping spot. I walked to the treeline of the campsite, which was about 10 to 15 feet from the firepit at most. There were toilet paper clumps everywhere. I looked down and to my disgust there

was human waste on the ground. It was like a horror movie. My head spun around and the piles of human crap were all over. The stench then hit me. I could hear flies buzzing furiously. I turned and ran for the truck.

I couldn’t believe it. I still don’t. This was in the middle of a national park and the previous people were just going to the washroom at their campsite. What a disgrace.

I told the park attendant at the gatehouse after. She was rattled and blown away. It obviously hadn’t happened in her time of working there. I’ve seen some bad campsites, but nothing like that before.

Like I said, it is getting worse and I am not just some old man ranting about the way things use to be.

When it comes to nature, it should always be the way it used to be. Nature is pure and clean and beautiful. It doesn’t need change, especially the trash from humans.

It’s not hard to have respect for the wilderness. Pack out what you pack in. It’s always lighter. There is no excuse.

Have a wild time out there.

-Scott