Their Trash vs. Ours- We Win!
By Jerry Cegelske
May 21, 2005
I was recently in Reno, Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada.
Virginia City is where the Comstock Lode was discovered and mined
in the early to mid 1800's. It helped pay for the Civil
War, and was one of the factors in the growth of San Francisco
and California becoming a state. Carson City, Nevada's
capitol, also has a lot of history including one of the federal
mints (CC for you coin collectors) along with a nice museum.
I didn't have time to explore the Ponderosa Ranch to
find out about Ben, the other Cartwrights, and their history
Wild horses... a change
With the recent warmer weather, the more than normal accumulation
of snow had melted in the foothills and there were ponds
with various waterfowl on both sides of the road from Reno
to Carson City. It was fun trying to identify the
various species. What spoiled the view was trash along the
road and stuck in the fence on the leeward side of the road.
The wind comes out of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, drops
to the foot hills and continues it's wanderings to
the east over the flats to the next set of foothills. Most
of the trash was up against the fence or close to it. It
reminded me of S. Tongass between Forest Park and the Coast Guard
base. With our SE winds, the trash is blown into the uphill
ditch to accumulate giving us all something to look at besides
the ocean for a change.
Coming out of Virginia City I stopped at an overlook to take
a picture of the view. After I took the picture I saw some
trash left by others and had to take a picture of it to share
with you. It occupied my thoughts to the extent that I
did not see the herd of free ranging horses beyond the pit until
they were pointed out to me. It just shows how much trash
can effect someone, and not just me, as others tell me about
the fresh trash the find along Tongass from careless people (the
reason they weren't looking at the ships and the Narrows is the
trash has a affect on them also.)
View toward Sierra
One thing I can say is we don't
mess around! We're proud of our trash. We want to
share it with everyone else- "See what I did!"
We like big trash, the plastic bags aren't enough anymore, we
want to be noticed, and noticed we are! We intentionally
dump stuff, we don't keep our trash from blowing out of our vehicles,
we let others litter in our presence, and we don't tell them
to be careful with their trash.
The residents have to look at this stuff every day they drive
to work. The tourists look at it for a short period of
the 6-8 hour day they are here. However I now have a better
appreciation of their outlook about the trash. I think
it affects them the way the trash in Nevada affected me-
you want to enjoy the view and natural beauty but the trash and
litter messes things up. Don't believe they don't tell others
about how clean or dirty Ketchikan is- I'm telling you about
my experiences in Nevada.
I can hear it now "There we were driving out to go
salmon fishing North of Ketchikan by Knudson Cove and in
the middle of the forest is a 27" Sylvania color tv
box trying to cross the road. Martha, it was one of the
oddest things to see in the wilds of Alaska!"
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Free ranging horses
Beer bottles and plastic
Mine guide, Ponderosa
Mine, Virginia City. The mine produced less than $500.00
in ore but lost over a $1,000,000.00 of the owner's money.
Sylvania TV Box on
N. Tongass 5/19/05- Alaskan Sized Litter
A desk dumped at Mile
8.6 S. Tongass- Alaskan Sized Trash
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