There are NO trash cans above the Valley on the Happy Isles trail or the Mist or the John Muir Trail or anywhere in the wilderness. The plan is to Leave No Trace. As in pack out your stuff. This photo was taken in the last flushing Men’s toilet on the Half Dome hike – at the Vernal Fall Footbridge toilet. Gee, look at the traces of human activity. Sure, just dump your empties ….”someone” will surely pick it up.
Me thinks the culprits were day hikers only going to the footbridge. REAL hikers would not take soda bottles. Water is the key on the hike and most hikers carry bottles or reservoirs up. The Vernal Fall footbridge is all of 45-minutes from the valley. There are huge trash cans at Bus Stop 16. I often shove these kind of finds into my shirt. I plan to shower and wash the shirt anyway, so I don’t really mind. But it does jaw me that we have special people – I wonder what their house looks like.
Another pet-peeve. Discarded fruit. You know orange rinds and banana peels. But aren’t they bio-degradable? Sure, in about 3 minutes, the magic fairy comes and vaporizes them. This stuff attracts ants, then bees, then rats, then snakes, then bears, then BigFoot. I tried an experiment. I took an apple core and put it on an index card with the date and put it in the backyard. Oh yes, it shrank but never went away Another 3 weeks later it was still on the planet. No fairy came.
Again, the phrase is “Leave No Trace” – that’s a modern version of take only photos, leave only footprints. Besides chastizing dummies, I say let’s all pick up ONE piece ot trash on our way down. Keep the trail nice and tidy. Zip Lock bags do the trick.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Surfin’ Bird”- The Trashmen
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com