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How Much Garbage Can You Identify From Zion National Park?

How many different pieces of garbage can you identify in this photo by Jon Merryman?

It can be amazing how much garbage folks drop, unintentionally or otherwise, during camping trips to the national parks.

The accompanying photo shows a collection of items long-time Traveler reader Jon Merryman and his son collected from Campsite No. 7 in the South Campground of Zion National Park before they left the park. How many can you identify?

At first glance Jon counted 10 different items. But there are more than that. How many can you identify? We'll provide Jon's answers tomorrow.


Is Waldo somewhere in there?

Seriously though, getting cars out of Zion was the best thing that ever happened to that place. With that many cars and people trooping through there, the above amount of garbage per campsite isn't surprising and some of that trash looks pretty old. Hopefully the kind of garbage we see now limited to expired camp stove cylinders and dehydrated food wrappers... wait a minute, that doesn't sound better at all!

Perhaps the amount of Corona bottle caps can explain part of the problem!

This doesn't include the discarded pot of baked beans (the beans, not the pot) in the nearby grass. Wasn't sure how to include that in the photo!

Does anyone recognize the silver bottle caps with the yellow logo? It looks kinda like a bat but I can't tell for sure. I've tried in vain to find out online what those caps are from... Most likely beer, but it might be a SoUtah-Vegas-area local brew that we never see on the east coast.

Are there any cigarette butts in there? If not, that would be a miracle!

Over the years of my adult life, I collect almost an entire set of tent stakes by scavenging at my camp sites. It's a great, free, eco-friendly way to get replacements for the inevitable bent stake syndrome.

Ladies and Gents, There is a wire bag tie on top of some white material probably napkins; the long steel bar reminds me of a drift pin used to alighn two holes so a bolt can be attatched; looks like an old corn cob;
five pennys and one dime; small plastic bread bag tie; hook end of a small bunge cord; two aluminum tent stakes; several small pices of electrical cable and wire; many many many many bottle caps; several pull tabs;
a broken white plastic spoon; a romex cable staple; several white pices of plastic ware; a purple thing, a green thing; a slice of orange; two plastic rings from a plastic soda or water bottle cap; peanut shells, a rubber washer; a pice of twisted wire that probably held the cork on a champaign bottle: boy i wish the coment section had a spell checker; a pork rib bone; a white twist tie; a green q-tip, and lots and lots of junk!

Semper Fi

I'll add a zipper pull with a bit of cord attached; bar code sticker from a piece of fruit; torn off top from a jerky bag; several pistachio shells; orange ring from a gatorade (or possibly milk) jug; black with silver hair elastic; I suspect that the citrus was a lemon or lime, not orange, based on how thin the peel is and the way it was cut for a drink. I suspect the steel bar in the upper right was a slot aligner from some sort of pulley & shaft. I'm curious how the 4- or 6- conductor phone wire in the middle got there.

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