On the Trail: The wasteland | AspenTimes.com

On the Trail: The wasteland

Chad Abraham
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Man, this crap is everywhere.

It’s been on our front page because it’s on the trails, and the matter was lovingly detailed by a Breckenridge microbiologist in Monday’s letters section. Even the first part of the first book by the president, who is trying to right the crappy economy, talks about dog crap.

And so it was with the scatological in mind that I, with an empty plastic bag, and the dog set out for a walk past the closure gate on Independence Pass, east of Aspen. When the time came, I obediently picked up after the dog, using a bread bag for his steaming loaf. As I stood above Old Man Costner’s lakes, considering whether to hurl the bag into the water as payback for some of his crap films, another thought occurred. What if I hadn’t actually picked up the poop, but simply filled the bag with snow so other people on the trail would think I was a good owner. A dastardly inclination. But no, I dutifully kept the toxic sludge with me until the bottom, where it could join its smelly brethren.

The hike was wonderful, a bluebird day in the 40s. We hiked until we, well, the dog, lost the tennis ball.

On the way down, a couple with two dogs, one a puppy, caught up to me. The dogs were frolicking at my feet until my dog stepped on the pup. It yelped loudly. To the couple, still behind me, it probably sounded like I had stepped on the dog.

I considered clarifying for them what had happened as we walked back to our cars. But then I realized I didn’t give a shit what they thought.


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