USE AT YOUR OWN RISK...GPS LOCATIONS WILL BE DOUBLE CHECKED IN 2020
I thought long and hard about sharing these. I'll give the benefit of the doubt and believe you'll treat them with the utmost respect. Use at your own risk
Saw Pit Bay
N 47°01.021’ W 084°46.114’
a small hidden road tucked behind a grassy knoll on the shoulder of the highway. No beach away from water.
N 47°03.457’ W 084°45.667’
N 47°04.098’ W 084°44.509’
N 47°09.054’ W 084°42.532’
Beach Drive Up
N 46°58.056’ W 084°45.010’
N 47°09'53.6 W 084°41'31.3
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I shared all these campsites, places, and ideas from around the Great Lakes and TransCanada Highway with the only condition being my hope that you would respect it as I do. Campfires(1) are pretty much a mandatory part of a campsite. Some people don’t even consider it a camping trip unless they have a pretty big one to gather around and socialize. Then there are other people like myself, we use them to cook and keep them small and functional. While they are necessary, we must leave the campsite only when they are fully extinguished. Of course, we want to burn as much of our garbage as possible, as opposed to having to carry it out. When I do my final clean-up of my fire pit after using the same spot for a day or two, I try to burn as much of it as I can, leaving only ashes before I fill it in with sand. You can’t even see where I was cooking once I’m gone unless it was an actual campsite with the built-in grill and fire pit. Minimal effort for the best possible results.
Remember when you are burning your trash don’t include plastic, tin foil, glass or cans so keep those out of the fire pit and plan on carrying them out. Don’t forget your cigarette butts(2) either. They are as much a part of the pollution problem I see as any plastics, and I’m a smoker who tries to be conscientious not a condescending prick.
Carry anything that you didn’t burn out with you and load it into your car until you find somewhere to dispose of it properly. Burying leftover packaging is an equally bad idea, animals will just dig it up and leave the mess anyway.
Remember, leaving food scraps can attract wildlife, encouraging them to get comfortable with human contact and ultimately, could endanger their safety or someone else’s. You’re not the only one who looks at a campsite as an opportunity, are you? If you didn’t, or couldn’t burn it, it gets packed out too. Sounds redundant but that’s the whole point of this aside.
Also, please make sure any human excrement and associated materials are well buried besides being at least 200 feet away from water (some people bag it and carry it out). I dig a cat hole and you should definitely always pack a small spade where it’s easy to find. Double-check you're spots before you leave.
If you’re a parent, triple check because in all my anecdotal experiences with watching littering and messes its children with a parent or parents followed at a distance by drunks…because the drunks usually clean up in the morning if they stay overnight. Not surprisingly dog owners seem to be the best kind of parents, and as a group really do try to clean up after their pets.
When you are cleaning up after yourself, if you see signs of someone else, I’m hoping you can throw that in with your garbage. If I find an abandoned campsite or equipment that’s too much for me to carry out I usually contact bylaw enforcement on my way out. They know where to redirect my information to an appropriate agency from what I can gather, although like I also said…I’m on my way out by then.
If any of this feels like it might be too inconvenient to bother with, I implore you…stay home.
As a separate but relevant psilocybin mushroom thought from Fourth Sands Beach on a quiet night with a billion stars watching the fractals explode, ‘why do I do the right thing even when no one is watching me?’ I hope you can relate to that question later.
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