Sunday, December 5, 2010

Our Daily Ocean: Day 27

My lips are chapped from spending a cold afternoon at Wrightsville Beach.  *sigh* it's beginning to feel a lot like winter.  (When I left the beach... my car read 46˚!!)
My friend Tracy and her two children-- Liam and Emma-- met the four of us at the beach to do a 20 minute clean up.  We hadn't seen our friends since Thanksgiving and our kids were ecstatic to see each other.... so overly excited that the 5 of them ran around playing for the entire 20 minutes and beyond! (yes, they fell asleep fast tonight!)  While our kids got much needed energy out of their systems... Tracy and I picked up litter around Access 18.  
This is Tracy's daughter and my daughter's best friend :)
Access 18 is sandwiched between Johnnie Mercer's Pier (Access 16) and our record setting Access 20.  Something about that area... I don't know what it is... and maybe I don't need to... but one thing is for certain... there IS a problem.
The beach is changing it's shape once again.  The ocean has carved a ledge in our once flat beach...
....and as the ocean digs away at the sand... I imagine it's revealing years worth of littered cigarette butts... and no doubt the ocean does this often... sifting through layers of sand to show us the years of irresponsibility.... this should help us remove the wool from our eyes.... and become conscious to the fact that this process-- litter, cover, purge--is a never-ending circle repeating itself constantly...
Because it's obvious that the shape of the beach is changing and the weather is changing...
BUT there's one thing that isn't:

20 minutes on December 4, 2010

Litter by weight:  1 lb 15.7 oz 
Cigarette butts: 461 

Total amount of cigarette butts picked up off of Wrightsville Beach, NC in 27 days:
11,101