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The Things You Find on the Beach – And Plastic, Urgh! – Drakes Beach

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I like this walk a lot.

I start at Drakes Beach,  hang a left and follow it to the mouth of Drake’s Estero.  It’s not far, maybe a mile and a half.  If there’s time I’ll poke up along the shore of the Estero.

Even on weekends, I ‘m almost guaranteed it all to myself.  Sometimes I like a walk with others, other times solo time’s necessary. This day was a solo day.

One thing I’m picking up on is the change of local beaches observed through the seasons.

Take this recent view.  It’s summer, it’s calm, no storms to wash off the sands. 

Compare it to this hike and these views from last December. The chunks of rocks sown below are in the far back of the above pic and barely visible above the sand.  Big storms in December 2012 scoured off loads of beach exposing rock formations one ranger told me he hadn’t seen in several years of service.

This feature below was completely covered up but exposed in December:

An observation of interest, I think and part of the fun of learning about my back yard.

Day started out clear with a light breeze.

Came across many jellyfish  of varying size. Lip Goo for scale:

Other treasures:

Seals on  Limantour Spit across the mouth of the Estero:

Set a spell, read, closed my eyes, woke to a change of weather.  Fog rolled in. Went from light and bright to moody, damp and chill so quickly.  I love that!

Time to play ended and headed back.  Gathered trash on the way back.  I can’t believe how much plastic litters our beaches.  Makes me sad (and mad) how much single-use plastic litters our world.  It doesn’t just go in a landfill.  Much winds up in our oceans which never decay, poisons and kills wildlife, litters our beaches.

I gathered until I could carry no more:

Please, consider ways to reduce your plastic consumption.

I found these statistics on Smithsonian:

“Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year or in landfills. If that’s not enough, almost 3 million tons of plastic are used to bottle water each year worldwide. Nearly 80 percent of all water bottles are not recycled and wind up in landfills.”

Try these simple steps:

  • Use no plastic shopping bags. Use re-usable shopping bags and produce bags.  Keep ’em in your purse or car. They can be purchased or sewn. 
  • Ban single-use water bottles from your life.  It can be done!  Keep reusables everywhere (work, home , car)
  • Buy foods in bulk form somewhere that lets you bring in a re-usable canister.
  • Skip plastic and look for glass or steel containers or paper.
  • Become educated on plastic wastes and its effect on our planet. Check out this piece on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and this article on the perils and cost of bottled water. It’s mind-expanding goodness.
  • Reusable coffee mugs. That toss away plastic lid will live on and on after it’s used once.
  • Look for veggies and fruits sold whole, not in plastic bags. Explore your local Farmers Market!

Once you start thinking about this, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to recognize ways to reduce your dependency on throw-away plastic.

I just learned how to make yogurt. I’ll never need a toss-away plastic yogurt tub, again.  It’s easy!  I’ll blog the recipe.

Think you can help?  Spread the word and share what you do to help reduce your plastic use. I’d love to hear from you. What do you do to lessen your plastic consumption?

Maybe someday there will be less trash on our beaches.

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