Is another mans eyesore. The last time I went fishing was the long walk I made to reach an area that was so different than any other fishing area with public access I have been to in a very long time.
The wildflowers were painted the landscape, at one point I had walked far enough that the only sounds I heard were from the birds close by, I saw lots of deer tracks and those of many other critters that live close to the river.
The one thing that stood out to me and made the most positive impression was the lack of trash on the trail and on the banks of the water I was fishing. The water had both shallow fast moving areas and slow deeper areas to fish. Like most rivers and streams it had high banks making access difficult and low banks. But even in the areas with low banks were the footsteps of others who fished before me were freshly imprinted on the ground, there was very little trash to be found.
It is kind of sad when one of the most enjoyable and surprising things about a new fishing spot you learn about is not necessarily the number of fish that you can catch but that you can catch fish in a public access waterway and it does not look like a public dump.
There are still some places like that to enjoy, two well known places for the family to enjoy that are well maintained are Mineral Wells State Park and Squaw Creek. It sure makes for a different and more enjoyable outing when you don't have to see the left behind belongings of people that came before you who apparently missed the life lesson of picking up after themselves.
Thanks Mom/Dad for making me pick up my toys and things I dropped on the ground or floor. It has served me well in my life.