It’s a beautiful morning for a hike. You started the day with a hearty stack of flapjacks and feel ready to hit the trail. As you lace up your shoes at the trailhead, you notice the sweet smell of pine and feel the cool temperatures of the crisp mountain air. Conditions couldn’t be more perfect as you start your ascent. Within minutes, you’re overwhelmed by a familiar, but not so pleasant smell that makes the crisp mountain air not so crisp anymore. It doesn’t take long to spot it, a pile of dog poop in the middle of the trail.
We hate to be the “bear”-er of bad news, but poor etiquette – like not picking up after your dog – makes it harder for others to enjoy the outdoors. While there are many guidelines to follow when it comes to trail etiquette, here are four quick tips to get started on being a better nature buddy so we can all enjoy the outdoors.