Pack Your Trash

PackYourTrash

Pack Your Trash

This seems like a no-brainer to me, but I’m surprised almost daily when I see where someone has left trash behind as if it would just magically disappear on its own. Often this occurs out on the middle of a hiking trail where someone has stopped to take a lunch break, and/or drink a few beers (kids these days). The Golden Rule for hikers clearly states, if you bring it in, pack it out. Continue reading

Paper or Plastic?

200 MILLION plastic bags!

ELEVEN TRILLION plastic bags/year

Every day we make a choice… “Paper or Plastic?”. Before your answer, consider the following:

In California alone, single use plastic bags are used at an alarming rate.

380 per second
22,800 per minute
1,368,000 per hour
32,832,000 per day
229,824,000 per week
984,960,000 per month
11,819,520,000 per year

That’s 11 trillion, 819 million, 520 thousand per year. Continue reading

Why 2 When 1 Will Do?

Once is plenty

Once is plenty

I’m going to complain here a little.

Public restroom etiquette is a big thing for me because I used to have to clean them. I don’t know exactly what goes on in the women’s rest room, but guys have the strangest habits (Don’t worry, I won’t go into  all of the dirty details, just a little potty talk).

#1 Why do some men walk up to the urinal and flush it before they even begin? Do they have a problem peeing into a dirty urinal? Continue reading

Pen and Paper

Hand written notes are the best!

Hand written notes are the best!

Did someone give you the perfect gift during this past holiday season?
Why not take the time to thank them in a special, old-fashioned way…

Email has all but taken the place of the hand written word. Sure it’s fast and easy, but nothing says, “you’re important to me” than a hand written note. When is the last time you got a hand written note or card? Continue reading

Oh Christmas Tree…

Cast Away

Cast Away

Countries all over the world have different traditions surrounding the Christmas tree. The tree was once decorated outside, and at some point in history (depending where you live) it was brought inside, decorated with fruit, nuts, popcorn, candles, home made ornaments,  etc. In 2012, the US cut down over 34 million christmas trees and Europe cut down between 50 and 60 million trees. Wow! The average American Christmas tree takes around 10 years to grow, and is typically used for less than 20 days before thrown to the curb to be hauled away. The typical White House christmas tree is over 100 years old. Continue reading