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Jacques and I hiked up Mount Tom last weekend, and I noticed with a sad heart that the heavy use of our trails in these COVID-19 days has brought more trash than I’ve seen in 15 years of hiking the mountain.
I’m happy people are finding their way into the woods, but please, folks, take care of these pockets of beauty around us. Pack out what you pack in.
As we hiked up on Sunday, we passed two separate neoprene gloves—one tan, one blue, lying on the ground—as well as a half dozen mounds of dirty tissue.
Worst of all to us, at the World War II memorial on the east side of the mountain, marking the site of a plane crash that took the lives of several dozen soldiers returning from war, we found an empty plastic water bottle, an empty snack wrapper—and a broken American flag.
Took the bounce out of our steps.
When you hike, bring your respect—and a trash bag. Pick up your own crap—and what others have left behind.