A sign nearby states that this is a 'Leave No Trace' campsite, but no matter how hard we work to keep the shores clean, there always seem to be those who have no respect for our beautiful island.
Yesterday when my husband hiked back to the hatchery and wilderness campsite to show it to a friend who was visiting, a sad surprise greeted them:
The wilderness campsite had been trashed. Luckily rain in the past few days had weighted down the newspaper which was strewn around.
A relatively new chair had been left behind.
Plastic bottles, shards of glass bottles, and aluminum cans had been tossed around. Food tins had been thrown into a campfire and lay scorched.
A recent paper was dated October 1.
A partially burned plastic bag of trash...
This was rather blatantly symbolic of the disrespect. If you click on the photo to enlarge it you can see that someone left behind two cents on the broken bench. This special little campsite is definitely worth more than two cents to most of us.
Plastic food wrappers were caught in the tall grass.
My husband and I hiked back down to the wilderness site with garbage bags to clean it up this morning, but there wasn't anything we could do about the broken bench.
We would like to thank all the people who took their time and funds to initially create this beautiful, peaceful wilderness campsite for us to enjoy. It's sad and disheartening to see some people will completely trash special places like this, but please know that there are many of us who will do our best to keep it clean and care for it.