Late last month I woke up hearing something about a community clean-up project hosted by The Sierra Club and the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. People could volunteer to clean up one of our local beaches. It was going to be held this Saturday from 10 – noon with breakfast at 9am. It sounded like a good plan, so I signed up. Plus, they offered free breakfast. How do you turn down a free breakfast? You just can’t!
After dining on pancakes and vegetarian sausage (the pancakes were delicious, but the veggie sausages weren’t my thang – but free is free), they told us that there were all sorts of supplies ready for us; gloves (very thankful for those), reachers (those too) and garbage bags. We could venture off onto the beach and just do our own thing. Then we could come and go whenever.
Here are some photos:
Here are some trash picker uppers already in action!
It wasn’t very sunny at first, but eventually the sun made a bright, bold and hot appearance and I actually turned from very pale to….well still pretty pale, but with a tan hue.
At 11:30 I was ready to wrap it up, so I took a photo of the beach again. It might have been the sun playing tricks on me, but I believe our community clean-up made a difference, if only for a day. Before I end this post, here are a few key points of possible interest:
– I picked up tons of little, plastic cigarette filters. They were everywhere. Smoking litterbugs are gross.
– You know some other things that are gross? Gulls! They don’t have any decency, they’re worse than pigeons.
– Walking on sand is a great workout. My legs are still recovering, but I definitely got my walking in that day.