The Dark Side – A Place Like Mayberry part 2

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16 Responses

  1. Cande' Cluff says:

    I hate it that Mayberry has a dark side but I can’t say that I am surprised. Thank God for the Andy Taylor attitude that Dave and Sharon and many fellow campers) have. Dave and Sharon wear and display it well, both such humble, loving souls, they brighten every spot they step into. I am a LEAVE NO TRACE kinda gal and will even do what I can to erase the trace others left. Don’t stack the rocks, pluck the flowers, break off limbs/leaves, throw your trash on the ground, etc just look at the beautiful art that is all around and created by God for all to enjoy and wonder in awe at the magnitude of it all. Take time to be thankful for all the blessings in your life and do what you can to help someone else. Yeah, be an Andy Taylor, now that sounds nice.

  2. greg says:

    Whew!! After reading part 1 y’all had me convinced that living in a community, living in close proximity to my fellow ‘let’s call them Humans’ could fill the lonely hole in my life with bucolic feelings of apple pie and shared coffee, that the scent of wild-flowers could be enhanced with a steady helping of smiles and waves, that children could really be like Opie, respectful and wondrous and entertaining, with just a hint of rascal thrown in once in a while for variety.

    Thank you for putting me back on a more realistic track with Part 2!!

  3. Yeah it’s a bummer…although I will say that it feels good to clean up sometimes. Sometimes it’s just annoying. My least favorite is baked beans on smoking firewood. I’m not sure why people think the fire will burn up their trash. Usually it just smolders and we are left with a mess.

  4. Laurel says:

    Sadly, there will always be those who leave their trash behind for others to deal with. I don’t understand that way of thinking, either. Like others here have said, we carry a trash bag and pick up stuff when we’re hiking. It’s a small thing to do, but it makes me feel better. 🙂

  5. Sherry says:

    Always carry a trash bag in my pack when I hike to clean up after those less considerate, but I do think that unless there are some sort of penalties, these people will never “change their ways”. Appealing to them doesn’t seem to work. Lithia Springs is another great example. Still I suspect the percentage of “takers” is less than 25% over all in our parks. That’s a happy thing.

  6. Ellen says:

    The beaches are terrible too in the am when walking I can easily pick up two bags of litter😩😩

  7. Mike and I have been campground host several times….amen to everything you said. Unfortunately these people (un-humans) are everywhere. Yes, we should all strive to be part of the solution!! I still find myself picking up trash in campgrounds wherever we stay. It’s what we do to help make it nice for all!! Hang in there!! It’s worth it!!

    • It certainly hasn’t tainted our love for campgrounds, hosting or people. We too carry a trash bag with us everywhere we go, hike, float and see. Mike and Gerri – Thanks for being a part of the clean up crew.

  8. Back in Michigan, it was possible to be banned for life from a state park for that sort of behavior. Are there any sorts of repercussions for acting like that in Virginia, Dave?

    • Jim and Diana, they do have a “list” that the state park keeps, but it doesn’t get shared between parks and is hard to enforce with walk in/no reservation sites.

  9. Cori says:

    Amen!! And I like what Nancy said, it’s important for all of us to be part of the solution. It’s sad that just a few people out there just don’t get it.

  10. Hang on to your Mayberry!!! We wear the same rose colored glasses and they make our world look perfect:o)) However, workamping does open your eyes to the not so pretty side of human nature:o(( But we have decided to clean it up and keep smiling:o)) I was taught early on that… If your are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!! Keep being part of SOLUTION in your Rose Colored Glasses!!!

  11. Pam (and Red too) says:

    Wow! You covered the horrors and ugliness of what we find to often in our beautiful places….thank you! Now, I’m going to go pick up the pizza boxes, marinara tubs, and styrofoam cups, left in my Mad Max world.

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