Naturally, tons of people visit Sandia and as is always the case, where there are people there is also trash. The story goes that one of our chaperones, Alan, was so bothered by all the trash he came across during our visit that while hiking he made it his mission to pitch in and clean up a little. When it was time for the group to depart he walked up to all us young boys, around 36 in total, showed us all the trash he’d collected and shared with us the simple idea - Leave it better than you found it. That image, the mountain and his actions, just stuck with me. I had seen the trash and how it marred the beauty of this place. The fact that when he saw the trash he chose to do something about it resonated with me as a boy and still does today.