Thursday, December 29, 2011

Out of the country from DEC. 31 - JAN. 18, 2012

Garen and I are traveling with my dad and his wife Gretchen to Kenya. We leave the 31st and will be home at the end of January. Our friend Brigid will be hear to look after our cat, and I'll be back on the beach to resume my 20 min. cleanups after the 18th. 

Have a happy, healthy New Year's Eve! 

119 beach cleanups to go in 2012 to meet my 365 non-consecutive day goal. 

Here's to a fun, healthy and productive new year full of possibility and new adventures.

Day 246 - Dec. 27, 2011

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min.
2.1 pounds
928.6 pounds total

While uploading my photographs from today, it struck me that every item in this post is a byproduct of human convenience. I know, I've thought this many times, perhaps at least 246 times, but for some reason today, it hit me as particularly silly that the items trashing our beaches, hurting and in some cases killing our marine life, are all made to be used for minutes, or even seconds before rendered useless, and discarded. 

Here's to a successful ban on single use plastic bags in Los Angeles in 2012.

Fingers, and shards of styrafoam littered the high tide line. Impossible to retrieve all of the fragments, I stooped over anyway to collect the bits that I could. Frustrating. 

I'm sure this quote is widely reprinted, but I just read it Christmas Day. 

"From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free." - Jacques-Yves Cousteau