Seattle Residential: I Do That: Pay It Forward - It's the thought that counts

Pay It Forward - It's the thought that counts

Pay It Forward: It's the Thought That Counts

Whenever I hike in the northwest, I carry a plastic bag to pick up cans, plastic bottles and candy wrappers strewn in the Cascade foothills near Seattle. Seems a never ending task. So on vacation in southeast Arizona this week I wanted to do the same thing on the hiking trails there. We hiked on 6 days and covered over 40 miles. Beautiful weather in the 70's. We hiked Sabino Canyon close to Tucson and we hiked out at Muleshoe Ranch...somewhat remote. We hiked in the Chiricahua Mountains and in Madera Canyon.

No trash on Arizona trails

My haul for the trip. One can and one piece of paper. I was amazed. Kudos to Arizona hikers. Seattlites, pay attention. Pack in in, pack it out.





Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 33 commentsGlenn Roberts • December 11 2010 03:58PM


Nice work.  Thanks for helping us keep Arizona clean.  Sabino Canyon is sweet.

Posted by Jerry Cecil (Bloomtree Realty) about 10 years ago

Jerry - I was really floored by how clean the trails are.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Glad to hear the trails were so clean in Arizona..........doesn't happen too often Glenn.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 10 years ago

Glen, we do have some great hiking here in AZ. This definitely outdoor living weather - we're having "Spring" like weather in Dec. I have no complaints :)

Posted by Brian Dunshie, Realtor - Arizona Biltmore,Arcadia,Paradise Valley (Russ Lyon | Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago

Roger - It doesn't happen around here much.

Brian - We sure enjoyed the 75-80 temps for the last 10 days. Home now though. Rain and 44.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

It never makes sense to just drop trash.  The room out of the backpack for food and drink are perfect for holding the containers where empty, except that the backpack will be lighter.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 10 years ago

What a good idea that you pick it up...even on vacation. Kudos to you.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 10 years ago

It's funny how different it is in the two areas.  My kids live in Scottsdale and they love hiking.  I know it's very clean there too.  Not much of a hiker, I'll never likely find out how clean or cluttered the trails are.

Sounds like a wonderful vacation for you.

Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) about 10 years ago


I do wish Oklahoma would pay attention to this.

Not just the trails, but along our roads and highways... the trash accumulates and then the county brings the inmates out on a work program to clean it up.

Irritates me to no end to see trash thrown out. 

Judi in Southeast Oklahoma

Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) about 10 years ago

I love the picture. very interesting landscape. Great work btw.. sounds in tune with Bob's previouis post!

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) about 10 years ago

Glenn, what a beautiful area... so different from the beautiful sites we have here in D.C. and along the Chesapeake Bay.  Kudos to hikers who take care of their own trash, and to you for helping pick up after those who don't pick up after themselves.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 10 years ago


Just think if everyone who went hiking did this, instead of leaving things behind. I'm pretty impressed that is all you got.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) about 10 years ago

Lenn - Plastic water bottles are the worst thing in the world for the world.

Tammy - Thanks you.

Geri - Ah, you big city girls.

Judi - I have to admit, the roads in Az are not pristine. Freeways, fences and the wind make for a mess everywhere.

Greg - I am passionate about keeping the wild outdoors looking wild rather than trampled.

Margaret - That landscape is so different from the northwest lush, I'm always ready to go for more.

Jeff - One hiker at a time, we can get there.


Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Glenn, what a great lesson to all of us.  We all want clean trails, now if only all of us would follow your example we'd have them.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) about 10 years ago

Lora - I did learn to do so by someone I met on a trail one day several years ago. Someday, maybe we'll all do it.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

Glenn: sad that you have to do that.....  we should have more pride...  Gay

Posted by Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets! (Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago

Glenn- I am jealous that you can hike in such nice weather right now. That is nice to know that you didn't have that much trash to pick up. We are pretty clean in Colorado on hikes as well (as far as I have seen). Happy Holidays.

Posted by Kristi DeFazio, Colorado Springs Rea lEstate 719-459-5468 (RE/MAX Advantage) about 10 years ago

We're drowning in Puget Sound Washington. I would LOVE to take a hike in Arizona!

Posted by Sandy Wagner, Short Sale Specialist Tacoma, WA, and Gig Harbor, (RE/MAX Professionals 253.225.8322) about 10 years ago

Gay - Let's spread the word.

Kristi - Trash is no problem anytime. It's not a part of nature. I've been on come beautiful climbs in Colorado.

Sandy - I feel your rain. We got home to Seattle last night and we're nothing but wet.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) about 10 years ago

When I walk along the C&O Canal in the DC Metro area, our trails are really clean here  too.  Isn't it nice that hikers are tidy! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 10 years ago

I like this and yes all outdoors lovers should heed those words. I still wrk with a local Scout Troop and love the motto to l"eave a place better than you found it!"

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 10 years ago

We sure don't live up to our green state image,do we?
You have a friend in Tacoma WA.,

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) about 10 years ago

Glenn, when I walk the beaches and see all the garbage it is amazing----but that stuff comes from all over the pacific rim :)  Certainly on the trails and highways there is no excuse.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 10 years ago

I have noticed alot more trash on the beaches and along the road in the last year. Don't know if it is the economy or the debris swept onto  the beach from off shore.

You are so kind to leave your hiking place in a better place than when you found it.

That picture is so inviting.. warm weather can almost feel the sunshine.Makes one want to walk right into the scene.

Our weather on the north Oregon Coast is expecting three inches tonight. Ugh!

Posted by Robin Risley, CRS, GRI, Principal Broker (Kamali Sotheby's International Realty) about 10 years ago


Keeping America clean. You are doing a great job.

Fabulous photo of the Arizona landscape. 



Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) about 10 years ago

Great job Glenn. Arizona looks awesome!

Posted by Jane Jensen (Century 21 New Millennium) about 10 years ago

I love walking the Oceanside Harbor, and I am bewilder by the fact even with all the trash receptacles, that are around how much trash is on the beach, and strewn in the harbor. Your post reminds me the environment aspect is so important.

Posted by Lorraine or Loretta Kratz, Certified Negotiation Consultants (Crescent Moon Realty, Inc. & Land N Sea Auctions.) about 10 years ago

There is a guy who does this in our neighborhood regularly. At first I assumed it was his mandatory community service (as in, ordered by a judge for a previously committed transgression) but when I pulled over one day to thank him, he explained that he does it just to be a good neighbor and to prevent the trash from ending up in the Chesapeake Bay! Good souls.

Posted by Ellie Shorb, Realtor DC, MD & VA Luxury Home Expert (Compass Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Glen it is always fun spending time with nature.  Your photo is a great example of why more people need to get outdoors.  Cans and wrappers can certainly spoil a view so it is great that you do your part in trying to keep the trails clean.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 10 years ago

Glen what a kind and thoughtful thing to do!  And a great idea for all of us no matter where we go.  Congrats on the feature! 

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) about 10 years ago

Hi Glen - I am an avid backpacker and I always pack out trash that I find.  I ofetn find bottles, cans etc.  It is heartbreaking to me how some people have no respect for others who visit these pristine areas.  I usually bring a couple of large 40 gallon + bags, pick up and pack out as much as I can.

Posted by Nevin Williams, Senior Mortgage Advisor (Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation) about 10 years ago

wow, that is awesome.  It bothers me so much when I am in a beautiful place and see....garbage.  Why do people do that. I try to pick up too.

Posted by Anna Matsunaga, Seller specialist, Certified Negotiation Expert (Team Momentum Keller Williams Realty Tacoma) about 10 years ago

Wow, that is impressive! I can't figure out why we have so many who litter here in the NW when we claim to be so much for the environment.

Posted by Todd Clark, Principle Broker Oregon (eXp Realty LLC) about 10 years ago