Peeing in the Woods and Other Unlady Like Pursuits in the Great Outdoors.
Pee Rag: This is usually a bandana that girl’s in particular hang from their backpacks and use to wipe pee from their person. Supposedly, if the sun shines on the bandana, it is purified. So for everyone concerned, never accept the use of a bandana that has been hanging off a backpack. I was trying to save on weight and cut a bandana into 4th’s and gave one to Sisu Sadie and I hung one off my pack. Needless to say, it was too small, so today I purchased a full size bandana. I just hope I don’t mix up my pee rag with my snot rag.
So, let’s move on to the next topic.
Hole Digging (not to be confused with Georgia gold digging): Hikers are told to dig a hole 6″-8″ deep. Nothing about diameter. So, here I am digging my first hole because I wasn’t near any shelters which have laterines. I’m thinking to myself, just dig the diameter the size of a turd. Which I do. Problem, haven’t gone for two days. Before I know it the hole is full and flowing over. Oops! Well, next I just covered it with dirt. What you are supposed to do is not have a full hole, add dirt, mix and cover. I suppose one could just dig one BIG hole or 3 small ones in a row which you could just move down the line and use as needed.
Shelter Latrines: I know what you are thinking, the ideal place to go. Let’s talk about the Gooch Mtn. Shelter latrine. Sisu Sadie and I needed water while we were there our second night on the trail. We took the path to the water source which led below and past the latrine. Two hmms, we are collecting water below a latrine area and as we pass the latrine, we can actually see someone sitting on the pot. We can’t see their face, just from the seat down. Too much informatio? This is life o. The AT. Anyway, the next morning Sisu Sadie went for her morning consatutional and when she came back informed me that the pot was almost full to the top. Just so everyone knows who isn’t on the trail, after you go, one is to throw wood chips on top of what you did there which is supplied in a barrel.
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