Shit Happens

Some places we stay have toilets that flush.  Just like back in Canada.

But a hard thing to remember is that in Mexico (& much of the world) you don’t toss your toilet paper in the toilet bowl but rather into a garbage receptacle if supplied, otherwise it goes with the pile where everybody else tosses it.  Not pretty nor hygienic but that’s just the way it is.

More commonly we use pit toilets or outhouses that usually some gringo built in hopes of providing a semblance of cleanliness to the area rather than crap and toilet paper littering the landscape.  The structure is often lacking in proper design where decomposition is slow and stuff gathers flies by the billions down below.  Up top without exact precision in how one situates oneself upon the throne there are fluids flooding on the cement floor.  Quite disgusting.

'Pretty' toilet seats but the design of the box left leaks and messes everywhere.

‘Pretty’ toilet seats but the design of the box left leaks and messes everywhere.

Often it seems easier/better/less stench to just squat behind a shrub or prickly cactus somewhere in the barrenness and finish one’s job hopefully before another person stumbles upon you, and please remember to cover it up before moving on.

We often dig a hole about 3 feet deep in a somewhat private location not too far from our camp.  We do our job then kick or shovel some sand or dirt over our deposit, finally filling in the hole before we pull up camp.  If we stay long enough we’ll dig 2, or 3, or 4 holes depending on our needs, always filling in before we leave.

We were totting around a port-a-potty for a long while  but we never used it (but the neighbour’s dogs did!) and finally gave it away once we found the Lugg-a-Loo toilet seat that fits on a 5-gallon bucket.  Now we have that if its required for us to stay in some USA parks, or when privacy isn’t easily established.

Toilet Head

Toilet Head

Yeah Canada!!

Yeah Canada!!

We picked up a ‘shower tent’ but it’s really intended for us to use for the toilet if necessary.  It isn’t tall enough for hanging our solar shower unless we squat on the floor.  Instead, it’s a good spot to get other jobs done.

5-gallon bucket with our Cdn seat snapped on.  Perfect fit.

5-gallon bucket with our Cdn seat snapped on. Perfect fit.

Thanks to my model, Mitchell!

Thanks to my model, Mitchell!

Mitchell, getting into the role playing.

Mitchell, getting into the role playing.

2 thoughts on “Shit Happens

  1. Dad was entertaining Marin on the drive home after picking up that toilet seat by playing peek-a-boo with her as the lid lifted up away from his face and then back down to cover it. She thought it was pretty funny!

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