One man’s trash…

Sometimes another man’s trash is my treasure. Other days it’s just trash. Today was one of those days.

It was the first Saturday of the month and I was in New Hampshire once again for a Trash Patrol, organized by Denise Hurt, a paddling leader in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s New Hampshire Chapter.  She started these paddles in 2013 and they’ve been a resounding success.Above, group shot with the pile of trash we picked up. I am third from left in back row. Below, still life of the trash.

Above, group shot with the pile of trash we picked up. I am third from left in back row. Below, still life of the trash.

IMG_0994cDenise is a great organizer, ready every time with crates to tie to the top of the kayaks, grabbers to pick up things, gloves, water, plastic bags, and, this month, lunch provided by Subway!

We were on the Merrimack River off Greeley Park in Nashua. The water level was low, and the trash was plentiful and right there in plain sight, as the photos below show.

I’ll let Denise report: “We collected a record 13 tires, a couple tire rims, 3 chairs, 2 computers, a bicycle, large insulators, the side off of a piece of play yard equipment, a window frame, several sheets of glass, the grill from a BBQ, a patio umbrella, ceramic pipes, 160 assorted trash items, 110 recyclables, and a beaver skull! All this in approximately 2 miles of river! The Great Blue Heron sighting was a value added event!”

I could go on and on about the stupidity of people who throw trash in our waterways, but I’d be preaching to the choir I am sure, especially those of you who participated in the Sierra Club’s annual Loxahatchee River cleanup trips in the 1980’s in Florida.

Speaking of such, for laughs I have thrown in a 1988 newspaper clipping of my daughter on one of those trips. My head is creepily visible in the center of the photo. I was waiting in the canoe while she scoured the bank on foot. It must have been chilly that day, judging by the way we were dressed. Probably in the 60’s.

To see how a really serious trash paddler does it, don’t forget to see my friend Al’s blog.  He wraps history, geography, anthropology and humor around picking up trash and makes it all very interesting.

Above, Denise with all the gear needed for a successful clean up trip.

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Above, the view from the stern of my canoe. I was headed back to the launch point to empty the boat so I could head back out for more. Below, Al puts some tires in the front of the canoe.

 

IMG_0988cPalm Beach Post, 1988. Article features the Sierra Club cleanup trip down the Loxahatchee River. My daughter fills a bag while I watch from the canoe.

Palm Beach Post, 1988. Article features the Sierra Club cleanup trip down the Loxahatchee River. My daughter fills a bag while I watch from the canoe.

This beaver skull was a treasured find on the trash paddle.

This beaver skull was a treasured find on the trash paddle.

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2 Responses to One man’s trash…

  1. Denise Hurt says:

    Nice blog entry! I am still reeling from the sheer volume of what we removed from the river today! Beaver skull has been boiled and is now soaking in a bath of water and hydrogen peroxide. A teacher friend is thrilled to add it to her classroom. Thanks again for your unflagging and tireless support!

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  2. becky (and carlos) garcia says:

    Ron, this is another wonderful post! yay for all that garbage removed and for everyone’s effort! thank you all! (you may not remember us, but we paddled and biked with you on a few trips in FL with the sierra club outings you led. we loved each outing and so enjoyed the companions as well! we are travelling now, full-time in a small rv called a Winnebago View. we tend to hug the western states but maybe one of these days we’ll meet up! would be a treat for sure.

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