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[at-l] Cell Phones, yet again - the 'rules'

Smoking pot or tobacco or cocaine or anything else is down there with pooping in the middle of the Trail (YES it's happened already) and leaving toiletpaper rosettes on the ground instead of packing them out (which I bet the majority of us have witnessed).

One time I was hiking on the Pine Mountain Trail near Calloway Gardens with a friend.  We found a lovely stream and some campsites but on closer inspection, there were at least 75 to 100 toiletpaper rosettes strewn along the sides of the stream and a pile of s#!% behind nearly every tree in the area.  It was SICKENING.

Then on another hiking trip along the Coosa BackCountry Trail here in North Georgia, I passed a car which was parked at a Trail Head.  I didn't think anything of it.  I was about 100 or so feet into the trail and saw a man 'bent over' in the middle of the trail another 100 feet in front of me.  He stood up, pulling his pants up, and sprinted past me and jumped in his car and took off.  I walked down the path after he passed me -- and THERE in the MIDDLE of the TRAIL was the REASON he was even ON the Trail: a small mountain of poop.  At least I could enjoy the fact that he hadn't had time to wipe and I didn't have to see those tp-rosettes, too.  Fortunately, all I had to do was turn a rock or two over and cover it up.  I wonder what he told his wife when he got home.  Wife: "Hon, what's that odor?  You didn't poop in your pants again, did you?"  Him: "I couldn't make it to a toilet and while I was relieving myself a hiker interrupted me before I could wipe."  NAH, he probably made up something about a cougar interrupting his 'dootie.'

Carol Donaldson
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: TrailR@aol.com 
  In a message dated 4/17/2005 1:20:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time, carol1944@brmemc.net writes:
    What about people smoking pot on the trail?  How does that rate on 
    everyone's annoyance scale?

  It happens all the time....
  But at least you get more mellow hikers.... With lots of snacks... ;-)