Don’t Be Deleterious with the Environment!

This coming weekend, we are going Jeeping with family and friends in Moab, Utah. We enjoy the 4-wheel trails and the beautiful scenery there. We are very careful to go only on approved trails. We do not liter and take good care of the environment so we can continue enjoying the great out of doors in southern Utah. However, some people’s actions and behaviors are deleterious toward the environment.

Deleterious (del-i-teer-ee-uhs) is an adjective that means harmful or injurious. Doing anything to destroy the environment is deleterious – littering, driving off the trails, walking on the black, crustaceous lichens.

Sometimes people do not have healthy eating habits and that is deleterious to their health. People who drive recklessly or under the influence of alcohol are deleterious to the public. Parents worry that their kids will get in with a wrong crowd and that crowd of friends will have a deleterious influence on their children. So, anything that is harmful or destructive could be considered deleterious.

Back to going to Moab. We will be camping and our married children will be using some of their camping gear for the first time. They are quite excited. I’m hoping that the water in our campground will be potable.

Potable (poh-tuh-buh) is an adjective that means fit or suitable for drinking. Quite a few years ago, we were camping and the water in the campground was not potable. Several of us got sick. And, I was the sickest! I got giardia and was very sick for over a week. Diarrhea and nausea. Yuck! We didn’t think that we had to worry since we were in an established campground and the water was from the campground’s water system – and not from a stream.

Maybe we ought to take some water purifiers with us on this trip to guarantee we will have potable water. Giardia is not fun!!


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