GROSS: What Does Wyoming Do With All That Tourist Poop?
What do American national parks do with all that poop filling up their outhouses?
You've probably never thought about it for 2 reasons:
1). GROSS, who wants to think about that?
2). It's just taken care of for you, so it never dawns on you to think about it.
Here are a few park poop facts for you. Use this information to astound your friends and pick up girls.
While some national parks have actual plumbing at their visitor centers, most are so remote they don't have access to plumbing or sewage systems. So they have to work with what they have.
Often times this means outhouses, also known as pit toilets, that have to be moved around from time to time and new holes dug.
But park service officials have no idea how long it takes all that buried human waste to decompose. They also have seen some negative effects it has on the ecosystem due to all of this concentrated waste.
Some of these porta potties are placed in such remote places it is hard to get to them for cleaning and service.
To make it easier they actually airlift these porta potties out by helicopter.
NO, I AM NOT KIDDING! The park service actually spends millions every year lifting porta-potties out of remote areas to be emptied, cleaned, then returned.
Here in Wyoming, there are many permanent stations known as vault toilets.
These toilets are also big holes in the ground.
But they have removable tanks.
These takes are either removed and replaced with a fresh one while the old one is being sipped off for cleaning, or they are just sucked clean by a sewage truck.
From the porta potties and vault toilets the waste is then loaded into 3,000-gallon trucks and hauled off to be dumped into wastewater treatment plants.
This entire process can cost up to $10,000 dollars per toilet.
Thankfully these toilets do not need to be emptied every year. It remote places it might take a few years for one to be filled with human waste.
Did you know that Yellowstone National park spends about $12 dollars a year on toilet paper? Impress a hot date with that little bit of info and see what reaction you get.
Back to the beginning of this article: You've probably never considered any of this because it is just taken care of for you.
Now you know that the convenience of having a pot to sit on in the wilderness is actually very complicated and expensive.
And now you have something to talk about on your next first date.
PLEASE STOP SHOOTING UP THOSE WYOMING PRAIRE CRAPPERS!
See that crapper by the lake? Its metal doors are full of bullet holes. You can see them in the photos below.
Golden Eye. It's a weird name for a Wyoming reservoir. It makes a person wonder if whoever named it was a fan of the James Bond movie.
Located in western Natrona Country, Wyoming the little body of water is about as unremarkable as you might think it is when you look at the photo above.
Yet the state of Wyoming thought to put a parking area out there, a couple of picnic tables, and A his and hers crapper.
YUP! The place is BORING.
So boring that some bored yahoos decided to have a few beers, then a few more, and shoot the place up.
I gave the shooters the benefit of the doubt at first. Maybe one of their friends was constipated and they decided to scare the crap out of him.
But then again, probably not. It has to be nothing more than beer, boredom, and guns.
Upon inspecting the doors I noticed that not all of the bullets made it through to the other side.
Those bullets that did make it through were probably found sitting on the cement floor or stuck in the back wall.
It looks as if someone from the park service tried to fill some of the holes. That's probably a good thing. Not so much because of peepers but because the doors face the prevailing winds.
Those holes in the ground are drafty enough, underneath. We really don't need more wind coming in while we are sitting there.
Whoever was shooting out there knew that there was no way they would be caught. Gunshots are common out that way and no one thinks much of it. In most cases, there is no one around at all to hear it.
There is a heck of an echo inside these outhouses. It might not have sounded like much outside, but inside, - WOW!
Looking at these photos I wonder if the park service will ever bother touching up the paint job.
Look, I know you live in a part of Wyoming where there isn't much to do on a Saturday night. Also, this is Wyoming so drinking and shooting guns for fun is common.
But can we please not shoot up the crappers?
Like much of Wyoming this park is a place where there is nowhere to hide when someone had to relieve the call of nature.
A crapper way out here is like an oasis in the desert. Though one you poop into, not drink out of.
No one in Wyoming will fault you for wanting to drink and shoot.
Just please... don't shoot up the only crapper on the prairie.