Recently I read a great article by the Trout Whisperer and his words reminded me of a hobby I recently adopted. Basically, I kept running into signs in the Great Outdoors that made me stop and wonder, “For Real? Seriously? No they didn’t, oh yes they did!” So I did what any amused soul should do, I started taking pictures, proof style, so I could later reflect on the importance of well placed guidelines.
Maybe this first picture is an Idaho bathroom thing, but I hope not! Surely this is a concern in other states as well, but at this point I haven’t gathered any collaboration. The only reason such a sign could exist in a bathroom is because somewhere a person decided a public bathroom was a sanitary sanctuary in which to gut pile a fish and wash it clean.
Finding this sign in a ladies room inspired an instant gasp of denial from me… for the collective female race. We gals would never! I won’t point any fingers here, so I’ll just assume the sign was put in the ladies room, as well as the mens, as an equality requirement, not insinuation.
This sign is probably the direct result of someone putting their hot dog packages, a few propane bottles and empty beer cans down an outhouse toilet.
I guess the suggestion of “pack it in, pack it out” is a loose term defined differently on an individual basis. In most cases, “pack it in, pack it out” means hauling all forms of trash back home. In a more narrow field of humans, “pack it in and pack it to the OUT-house” is a perfectly acceptable interpretation of the suggested guidelines. Hopefully this sign brings clarification to their bathroom etiquette or at the very least a gentle reminder that only a few things belong down a toilet– like last nights chili…but not the actual can…..
This sign was located on a dam, with a sheer drop off and a spillway right below it. I wondered, who in their right mind would look at the body of water swirling like churning death below and think to themselves, “Oh wow! That looks like a damn good place to take a swim.”
Of all the pictures I’ve collected, this is my favorite. I like it’s tone, the point blank.. hey you, if you want to live, don’t be a moron and climb the fence, or do a swan dive, or attempt a backstroke over the spillway. I suppose in the face of certain death, subtle suggestions would be an ineffective jolt.
The scary part about these signs and others I’ve collected is the realization that they are posted because someone already tried it. Be it fish cleaning in a public bathroom sink, a propane bottle down the throne of an outhouse or playing dare devil on a dam.
I’ll continue to be on the look out for signs that evoke a double take. It is my wish today that you will be as lucky as I have been and come across signs that give you a shake of your head, validation of your good common sense and a decent chuckle. Keep a look out~
Comment from John who writes Seven Bridges Road: “”You should do a sign of the week or month and maybe allow submissions from your blog followers? Could get interesting.”"
I think that’s a great idea! I would love to see what others find on their many adventures and post them as a special feature. Sooo….if anyone comes across a double take, take a picture, email me, I’ll feature your special find! My contact information is on the About Rebecca page~