Not wanting to be part of the problem, Libby and I have been transporting our drinking water out to Roundrock with us in containers like the ones you see above.
I make that sound more grandiose than it really is. I should say we have recently begun using these bottles. And I should say that we have been carrying some of our drinking water in bottles like these. And on my last trip, I didn’t stay long enuf to crack open even one bottle of water, though I did enjoy my iced tea, unsweetened of course. (And I should point out that there are other ways we have carried water to the woods, though not drinking water.)
But I should get a couple of points for good intentions.
We have always taken water to the woods, more so in the heat of the Ozark summer. Generally, we stop at the store the night before to get a half dozen or more off-brand bottles of water. These go in the cooler and then are snatched as needed during the chores and stupors of the day in the woods. We are scrupulous about collecting our trash, including recyclables, and bringing it back to suburbia where it can be dealt with. We have curbside recycling on our block, so doing the right thing has proven easy (though we do visit our recycling center with glass and other things that aren’t picked up at the curb — but enuf about us).
Yet with three sons who spent years in the Scouts, we’ve also accumulated a lot of camping gear in our basement. Included are perhaps a half dozen sturdy water bottles like the ones you see above. (I say “perhaps” because we are only slowly pawing through all of the detritus the kids have left behind, so there may be many more surprises awaiting us.) And it struck us that these were intended for carrying drinking water. So why should we spend good money on bottled water when we already have the bottles, and our tap water tastes every bit as good as store-bought water?
And so we embark on another form of stewardship in our journeys to Roundrock. It replenishes the body and gives warm fuzzies to the soul.
- “Turkey feet” seed heads of big bluestem grass mature.