It has happened to all of us who hike the mountains around here... sometimes nature calls and you can't hit the ignore button! And I'm not talking about the number one thing that comes to mind...no, it's the second. I was chatting with the hiking buddies not too long ago and explaining that a stomach bug had hit me, not once but twice (there's that #2 again!), within the span of thirty feet on the trail. Both times... I HAD to go!
Since we have a number of homeless that live along our favorite trails, not to mention golfers who won't take the time to find a toilet, we've all had unpleasant encounters out there as well. The most "city-fied" of my hiking buds asked me point blank where this happened so she could avoid it for a few weeks.
I explained that as a good girl scout, I buried the evidence and marked it with rocks and sticks. It wouldn't affect her hike. But this led to a flurry of questions:
HOW do you dig a hole when nature is calling that urgently?
I find a soft loamy or sandy place (ideally 200 feet from water) and quickly dig a trench with the heel of my shoe. I can dig a 6 - 8 inch deep trench in seconds!
What on earth do you use for toilet paper?
There's a tree with large heart shaped leaves all along our trails... four leaves make a decent t.p.
What are the rocks and sticks for?
To make it harder for an animal to dig up. After burying the evidence, rocks are placed on top. A stick is placed in the middle of the rocks, straight up to make humans aware not to dig up a camp site there.
So if I find a pile a rocks with a stick straight up, I should avoid it?
At that very moment, we wandered up onto the levy area and saw this:
Without missing a beat, my hiking buddy asked: I wonder what was large enough to need a pile of rocks that big?