Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Day 242 - Dec. 19., 2011

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 minutes
4.4 pounds
918.2 pounds total

I'm over the worst of a nasty cold that kept me indoors for almost a week and a half. After being away from the beach for so long, I didn't care about the drizzle as I pulled into the beach parking lot last night. Looking forward to toes in the sand, I pulled up my hood, and headed out for my 20 minute routine beach cleanup.

"Litter Soup?" Mandy Barker's photographs depict just that with all objects taken from beaches and oceans around the world. Extraordinary. 

The sun is already makings its way behind the Pacific as I write this post. 
I'm looking forward to tonight's cleanup. 

Do you love the ocean? I came upon this heart in the sand at the end of my cleanup. It reminded me of a marine biologist I admire. Join Wallace J Nichols's 100 BLUE ANGELS. One man living his dream to work for the ocean, channeling social media and crowd sourcing for the highest good. We want this guy working for the big blue, and you can help! Here's how.

Getting in the chilly bay that morning felt worth the ice cream headache the waves produced. A couple of sea lions were a little too curious for my taste. Being the only body surfer in the water meant that at one point I hung off the back of my friend Bailey's board when one came for a closer inspection.