Another illegal activity that I notice is the dumping of trash. People come up there to dump their waste to avoid dump fees. Usually it's yard waste which isn't so bad because it will break down. The ones that piss me off are the ones that dump old appliances. The worst are the ones which dump household waste. Fortunately there are not many of those.
In the 6 years I have been walking up on the mesa I have found things like a box from a penis pump, a small stack of pr0n, the lamp of love, old phone books, boxes of campaign literature, and a dead dog. The dog was really awful. It sat there for a few days until the coyotes found it. I almost lost my lunch at the sight of a half-eaten corpse. I'm still waiting for the day when I'll find a human dumped up there.
On Monday I took my walk well after sunset due to meetings which ran long. I stumbled across a big pile of stuff which had been dumped right in the middle of a road I usually walk down. It was too dark to see what it was. On Tuesday I got to the place right at sunset so I was able to see what had been dumped. It was a few boxes of stuff but it didn't look like garbage. I pawed through it even more yesterday and if I had to make a guess there was probably a domestic dispute between 2 people and the husband/boyfriend threw out a bunch of stuff of his wife/girlfriend. There were lots of clothes and shoes. I also found a few pictures, mostly of a young girl. I laughed when I read a letter written by a man in prison to his girl. He asks several times in the letter that she be faithful. At the end there was a p.s. of "Please don't sleep around, baby." I scored when I found a container full of change. Someone must have threw this stuff away in a hurry to throw away money. I also snagged a copy of Cat Stevens Greatest Hits.
I have tried to put together the story of what happened. While there is a considerable amount of stuff, it certainly would not be a person's life's possessions. There were a few baby items in the pile. Was it a domestic dispute? Was there foul play involved? Was it just someone throwing away a bunch of stuff that had accumulated and not caring what was in the boxes? That's the interesting thing about found objects. What was the story behind the stuff?