Friday, July 29, 2016
Hidden Homeless Camps
I must say I have really been enjoying my lunch hour wanderings through the heart of the small city I work in. Just a casual stroll along a shaded path each day. I don't really need to walk for exercise because the truth is I walk just as much while at work and at a faster pace but there is something kinda magical about strolling along and watching all the other people rushing around. In many ways it also satisfies my appetite for people watching.
There is also a surprising amount of wildlife visible if you know how to spot it. I stood around and watched a Kingfisher type bird diving into a school of minnows for a while today and watched a squirrel sneak into the community garden plots the city rents out and steal a half grown ear of corn. The little devil looked so comical carrying it back to his tree but the camera on my phone wasn't good enough to get a good picture.
I also started noticing these telltale paths going off the main concrete walkways and into the heavily overgrown areas.
Well you know me I had to check em out.
Turns out there are literally dozens of homeless folks living in boxes back in there. Some of them are actually quite well hidden. A few even went so far as to wrap their boxes in camouflage tarps for water proofing and others have begun keeping pets by feeding the local stray cat population.
The closest of these little hidden camps was less than 100 feet from the back of the dealership where I work. Hidden up the side of a hill in a steep area that never gets mowed and belongs to the State.
For the most part they were just hidden boxes for sleeping I guess that I could see. No makeshift amenities or attempts at any type of larger construction. My guess is anything larger would bring unwanted attention from someone who would do something about them.
There were obvious communal paths and then paths that went to individual camp areas. I stayed on the communal ones and according to Mrs. PP anyway with my beard and such I could pass as a homeless person anyway. I didn't really want to get too close but the whole idea intrigued me. Personally if I was homeless I would attempt to go much deeper into cover myself and set up a bit more of a luxurious camp.
It does make me wonder though how many other hidden camps I have walked right by and never noticed.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!