By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My girlfriend and I are teenagers and we're planning a summer trip that will involve some camping and hiking. Both of us have never really roughed it. Can you offer any suggestions on how we can be mindful of the environment?

A: The environment always seems to take a beating whenever tourists traipse on its natural floors.

The best thing you can do is to be mindful of your location and keep to the path that will most likely have some sort of signage. This way you'll ensure that the delicate ecosystem around you will not be disrupted. Often, fragile plant species can take up to a decade to recover from the impact of human foot traffic.

Always, always recycle. If you don't see a garbage can in the vicinity, hold on and carry it out.


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