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.
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.
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.