Future Adventure-Pooping Outdoors in Every State

Pooping Outdoors

This week’s “Thought Box” Prompt was “What is an adventure that you’d like to go on?” For more prompts or writing inspiration, check out this page!

Sketch Journal- Writing Inspiration
Here’s the picture I drew (badly) for inspiration!


Up until a few years a until a few years ago, I would have scoffed at the idea of spending a week in the wilderness with nothing except the clothes on my back and the bare essentials needed for survival.

It wasn’t that I didn’t love camping. I grew up in a family where the idea of a family vacation was a trip to a state park. We spent many a spring break hiking through woods, telling stories around  a fire, and entertaining ourselves by pretending to be explorers.

Those trips didn’t involve “roughing it” by any means. We brought along a car full of food, ice chests with cold drinks, and there was usually a shower to wash off the day’s stink.

When I started dating Matt, we discovered that hiking was a great activity that we enjoyed doing together. We were both fairly new to Austin, and were fascinated by the many urban greenbelts that we could get ourselves lost in. We would spend nearly every weekend exploring new trails both in and outside of the city.

Then we went on a few camping trips. I found it to be a nice and relaxing way to spend some time together, without the every day distractions we usually face with our work and life.

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Big Bend National park


We were making our way back from a wedding in New Mexico, and were searching for a KOA or someplace to camp, when someone suggested we stop at the Guadalupe Mountain National Park.

That’s when everything changed.

We had to make it back to Texas, so didn’t have the chance to spend the entire day exploring, but I knew I had to go back.

After that, we started researching and decided we would plan and prepare for a real over night backpacking trip.

Since then, I’ve fallen in love. We’ve done a few over-nighters at state parks, returned to the Guadalupe Mountains, and spent 3 nights hiking through Big Bend.

Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park

I can’t get enough. I don’t even mind pooping in the woods anymore. It’s so liberating!

Now I want to go everywhere. I’m fascinated by the people who spend months trekking across the Pacific Trail, and while I know it’s not realistic for me right now-it remains a dream.

We are going to the North West in the fall for a wedding, and now I’m obsessed with researching trails and parks that I want to visit while I’m there.

In fact, anyone mentions a state that I haven’t been to, I automatically start looking up the best places to backpack in the area.

I want to see them all. I want to walk across every National Park, and sleep in every national forest. I want to trek across the desert and along the beach. I want to do it all with a bag on my back and just enough food to survive.

I want to find my own water sources, and poop out in the open in every state in this great country.

Big Bend National Park
I just realized I never uploaded any of my Big Bend photos so I’m doing so now!




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  • http://mwaonline.blogspot.com Mwa

    Sounds wonderful – I was saying yesterday to the children I want to go hiking and camping with them when they are bigger. My daughter was sceptical. Last time I pooped in a field, I got stinging nettle stings all over my bum. Ouch.

  • SuzLyfe

    Simple way to poop outdoors in every state is to be a Crohn’s patient and a runner and go on a road trip. There you go.
    Your way sounds more fun and elegant, though.

  • http://www.thisimperfecthappiness.com Diana

    Ha I love this post. I too think sometimes about what it would be like hiking the Appalachian trail. I don’t know if I will ever do it though.

  • ElleSees.blogspot.com

    i’ve never done that before. i just can’t! but i can’t even do that in public restrooms, so there ya go.

  • http://www.audielou.com Audrey

    Hahaha, that title really drew me in! While in college I decided (on a whim) to go on a three day backpacking trip with an environmental studies class. They needed another girl to go and one of the ladies in the class asked if I wanted to join. Holy cow, it was hard work but so rewarding! And now I can say I’ve pooped in the woods! HAHA!

  • http://www.businesslifeanddesign.com/ Jenn @ Business, Life & Design

    That’s so awesome! I like hiking, and I’ve backpacked around Europe, but I can’t say I’ve pooped outside since I was a kid. Not my favorite experience. 😛 I think the part about your adventures that appeals to me the most is exploring. I love seeing new places and hiking always feels like you’re discovering something, even when you’re just following the trail signs.

  • Pamela

    Wow, those Big Bend pictures are amazing! Can’t say I’ve ever gone to the bathroom outdoors but I guess there’s a first time for every thing, right? Haha!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Aw you should definitely take them camping. Some of my most favorite family memories are camping with my family! Haha Yeah you have to be careful where you poop outside!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Awww I guess you’re right! I guess make the best out of it and try to enjoy the nature whilst pooping!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    You should! It would be so awesome to turn off life for a while!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    haha ah man. I used to have trouble going in public. But i have a lot of stomach issues and had to get over that quick!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Nice! I’m glad you got to experience that! And wasn’t pooping outdoors so liberating?

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    I do love exploring and seeing new things. It really never gets old and is the best way to clear your head!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Thank you! Big Bend is beautiful! You should try it one day, liberating! But in the right place. Not in your front yard.

  • http://www.thenashvillianblog.com/ Ash @ The Nashvillian

    Fun! I want to visit every National Park, but I don’t know if I can muster up the courage to camp. Maybe someday…for now, I will live vicariously through you. :)

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    You crack me up! This is such a fun post!! I didn’t used to love camping either but the older I get yes the more liberating it is and I have a house full of boys who absolutely love it !!


  • http://girlytomboymusings.blogspot.com Ganeeban

    I enjoy pooping (probably too much), but not in the outdoors. I can appreciate your love for this activity…although it’s not my style! The views and pics are pretty amazing, I can’t argue with that. I do love hiking, just for a day and then sleeping in a bed with a nice shower, it’s the girly side in me! HAHA! Happy hiking! Have you ever done/gone to Yosemite? xoxo, ganeeban

  • Kersten @fitandtasty180.com

    Gorgeous pictures! I love hiking too, but I’m not quite as “wild” as you are yet and I’m doing mostly one day hikes. I’ve had couple of bad experiences with sleeping in a tent. Waking up to pouring rain and five inches of water in my tent and freezing cold.. I guess I have to get a better tent, haha! But hiking is totally liberating, just you and the nature – that’s awesome.

  • http://realtalkwithkb.typepad.com/blog/ Kathy@RealTalk

    i’ve only pooped outdoors once and that was enough for me! i felt so exposed, like it was the truman show and my ass was being aired on national TV!!!

  • http://whisperingwriter.blogspot.com/ Amber

    Pretty photos.

    I’m not big on camping. I need a proper bed and toilet. I do like making s’mores though.

  • Allison Renner

    I love your goal of pooping outside in every state! Would the roadside work, if you can’t find quality camping areas?

    I never went camping as a kid – our trips might involve national parks, but we stayed in hotels. I camped for the first time in 2012 and LOVED IT. I can’t wait to go again. I didn’t poop outside because there was an outhouse, but I peed outside and felt like SUCH a badass. I guess because it’s harder to do as a girl without making a mess? (Because I’ve peed outside before, but made a mess…)

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Haha you can do it! It’s so peaceful!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    I bet your boys do love it! It’s the best escape from life!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    I would have never thought I could poop outdoors. It took me 2 backpacking trips before I could with success. I’ve never been to Yosemite but I think we’re going to try to go this September!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Haha I’ve had a few really bad trips too, including getting flooded in the tent. Our last trip, it got down to 3 degrees and I thought I was going to seriously die. But bad experiences make the best memories!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    Hahaha I can totally get that! It’s best done deep in the woods with only flies and mosquitoes to keep you company.

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    S’mores are great. Once I got a quality sleeping pad and got over the toilet thing, it started getting a lot more fun!

  • http://www.carissajaded.com Carissa

    At this point I could probably poop everywhere. I also had a really bad beef jerky experience where I DID have to go on the roadside. Not my proudest moment. Peeing outside is an art. It works best to hold on to a tree (hug it) and let your booty dangle! There are also these new inventions that you can strap yourself to a tree with and let yourself hang down.