A Bathroom With A View

Raquel Hernandez-Cruz

Consideration for nature’s call, as a female. 

I still remember the first time I pooped in the woods. I was traveling alone in India, hiking towards a waterfall when it hit me. There was absolutely no time to delay! Nature was calling. There was nothing I could do to stop it. 

I found a nearby, secluded space, squatted down and let it go. Ohhhh, the shame of that first and unexpected experience! But at the same moment I was blushing and felt as hot as fire, I looked forward and saw a wonderful mountain. The stillness of nature reassured me that everything was ok; that since the beginning of time woman and men have been doing natural things in nature. I felt as if the mountain was saying to me, “Hello there, love. It has been awhile.” I thought, “Wow! All these years I have been missing out on bathrooms with wonderful views!" 

Since that day I have used nature's restrooms many times. Some times as equally unexpected as the first time, and others well planned. During the years I have developed a system to not only make peace with my need to relieve myself anywhere I go, but to handle the event with efficiency and ease. This is how I do it.

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