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Dispersed camping in the National Forest
Today was another gorgeous day in the Sierra National Forest. Cheri’s porta-potti was getting full so we needed to take a trip to an outhouse to dump it. There were some close to us in Shaver Lake, but we were also getting low on water so we decided to drive an extra 10 miles one-way up to the Dinkey Creek Ranger Station and dump the potti, get water and put our trash in their dumpster. Most of the time small tourist towns in either the desert or Forest have really poor water. It’s so processed to make it safe it usually has a strong chlorine, chemical or mineral taste. Shaver Lake is no exception; its water tastes mediocre at best. That was another incentive to drive further to the Ranger Station because it has truly outstanding water. It literally comes right from a spring. While we were there, how could we possibly pass up the great hamburgers at the Dinkey Creek Inn? Impossible! They were delicious and reasonably priced. Now that’s what I call “roughing it”
Boondocking (dispersed camping) in the National Forests is a wonderful life, but it does have some
But there is a second type of Porta Potti that solves all those problems. It has two parts, a top and a bottom, that separate. The top
section holds water that is used to flush after use (although that is optional, you can just give it a quick rinse with water from a spray bottle and use less water). The bottom section is the holding tank where your waste goes. Using it is simple, you just put in a small amount of water and deodorant (Wal Mart sells a Coleman brand that works very well) and then use it. There shouldn’t be any smell. When it is starting to get full (don’t let it get completely full, that makes carrying it harder) you separate the two parts and take the bottom part to any toilet. Then you screw a plastic hose into the outlet hole, turn it upside down, and dump it into the toilet. There are so many different brands that I can’t really go into details of how to use them, so this may make it sound hard to
dump, or like it will be messy. Nothing could be further from the truth! The bottom line is it is very easy and totally mess-free. Personally, I still use a 5 gallon bucket to poop in, but I know that is unacceptable for a lot of people (especially women). If you are one of them, a Porta Potti may be perfect for you. If you would like more information about a highly rated Porta Potti, click here