not just for camping 4/26/14

not just for camping

 

One of the benefits of owning a truck camper, or any rv for that matter is the multiple uses that they can be utilized for. They don’t need to be for camping only situations. Such is the case for our outing today. It is true that once again, a truck camper is the way to go for us. To get to the spot where we parked today, no trailer or larger class A would fit. The agility of the truck camper proved itself once again to be the best option for us.

Today we would be meeting up with several others to do a clean up of land owned by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This land is in the northwest corner of Spokane county in Washington state. The section of land is known as the “south bank”. As some of you know and have learned, we are pretty involved in geocaching. Today was an event for geocaching. It is called a cache in trash out or CITO event. That is where geocachers get together and clean up an area in need.  This area was in dire need of clean up. The front section near the road access is used for a shooting range. Unfortunately there are several people who feel that this is an area where they do not have to pick up after themselves. So today a group of us would clean the area up.

We left early in the morning and made our way to the south bank area. The camper would be a home base for the gathering and would be where we would make lunch for the volunteers. So the camper use on this trip was not for sleeping and camping but was used for a great cause. The camper trip today…not just for camping.

the set up spot for the clean up today.

the set up spot for the clean up today.

this picture does not do justice of how dirty this are is. this is from our camper looking south.

this picture does not do justice of how dirty this area is. this is from our camper looking south.

the clean up starting early before the majority of the helpers arrived. notice the cleaner area already?

the clean up starting early before the majority of the helpers arrived. notice the cleaner area already?

Not long after everyone who could make it showed up, the ranger arrived. We signed our waiver forms for doing the clean up in case of injury. We talked about a couple things. One being that our hours for this clean up earned our way to getting a Discovery Pass. The discovery Pass is something that is needed to access some of the state lands in Washington state.

listening to the ranger.

listening to the ranger.

we had about 20 people helping today.

we had about 20 people helping today.

continued talking with the ranger at our camper home base.

continued talking with the ranger at our camper home base.

There were a few people who joined us geocachers to help clean this mess up. They were from  a group called the zombie squad. They do disaster preparedness along with several other things. One being donating their time to help others. So all together we had about 20 people to clean the area up. The chat with the ranger was over and it was time to get back to work.

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After some hard work we took a break for lunch. Joanne cooked up hot dogs for the volunteers. The volunteers were very nice in making a donation to cover the costs of the food. No matter what, it was our pleasure to give them a meal for the hard work they put in.

joanne manning the grill

joanne manning the grill

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After lunch we went back out and picked up more trash. Today the work was for 5 hours. It was amazing what a few people could do in a short amount of time. In all there was a average calculation of 1.5 tons of trash picked up. We had two piles of trash, one that was bagged and another that had large items piled up. DNR would send someone later to come pick up the gathered trash. It was an awarding feeling giving back and cleaning this land up. We all worked yes…but we enjoyed it and had fun doing it together.

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cleaned up. much better than it was before.

cleaned up. much better than it was before.

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Thank you to those that were able to attend this event. We do make a difference. You too can make a difference. Contact your local agencies to find out how you can help. All it takes is a little time and work.

 

not just for camping 4/26/14