Saturday, July 19, 2014

Our Daily Ocean: Day 253

Tuesday evening it rained... ok... more like it poured.   So I wasn't surprised when I went to Wrightsville Beach Wednesday morning to find a lot of forgotten items.  Wednesday morning was the day of the shoes... and socks.  Ummm.... who wears socks to the beach????

Out of all the mornings that I've gone to the beach, Wednesday was the nicest.  The humidity finally lifted and there was a nice ocean breeze.  I know that I say it often, but I absolutely LOVE where I live.   I'm grateful that I can go to the beach on a whim.... stay for hours or just 20 minutes.  It's always time well spent.

July 16, 2014 at Access 24
Litter by weight: 3 lbs 1.2 oz
Cigarette butts: 12

Total cigarette butts removed: 58,169

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our Daily Ocean: Day 252

Usually, I'm not a morning person.  I may wake up around 7 am, but I move slowly spending a good 2-hours sitting around sipping tea, playing word games and reading before I am ready to "start" my day.  But with my three kids out of town visiting family, I've been forcing myself to move in the morning so that I can go to a morning yoga class and do a beach cleanup!
Even though I only spend enough time at the beach to do my cleanup and then dip my toes in the ocean before heading off to yoga... I'm really enjoying this new routine.  It's making me feel energized and complete.  ... I suppose that I've really just missed being at the beach and the meditative state I get into while walking and cleaning up.  Plus I'm really glad I made it out this morning... there were a lot more littered cigarette butts than I've picked up in a LONG time.
Do you carry a reusable water bottle?  If you haven't made the switch from single-use bottled water, I highly recommend watching the documentary Tapped to learn about the health and environmental issues of bottled water. (and don't forget to share with friends)

July 15, 2014 at Access 18
Litter by weight: 1 lb 10 oz
Cigarette butts: 117

Total cigarette butts removed: 58,157

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Our Daily Ocean: Day 251

I started my day of (w)RIGHT(sville)!  Quick beach cleanup before I went to yoga!

July 12, 2014 at Access 36
Litter by weight: 6.1 oz
Cigarette butts: 25

Total amount of cigarette butts removed: 58,040

Friday, July 11, 2014

Our Daily Ocean: Day 250

Before I went to yoga this morning, I decided to do a beach cleanup.  Being a Friday morning in the middle of summer, I imagined the beach being very busy and I started to get nervous.  Having been nearly a month since I was at the beach, the thought of a busy beach and picking up litter amongst groups of people started to make me feel a bit apprehensive and I almost changed my mind!  But, it's time to get back into my comfort-zone and there's only one way back!!! 
So I kicked off my flip flops, grabbed my bag and did my 250th beach cleanup at Access 17!  Oh, right and the beach wasn't busy at all.  But, there was definitely a lot of litter left on the beach.  Here's a list of the top 6 things I picked up this morning:

Cigarette butts: 55
Plastic caps: 15
Straws: 14
Fireworks: 13
Food wrappers: 12
Zip ties: 9

First thing's first, I'm.... getting sidetracked because when I saw this packet of "Fancy Ketchup" that Iggy Azalea song immediately popped into my head.  Well, that and "Seriously? What makes McDonald's ketchup so "fancy"?  It's ketchup. In a single-serving plastic pouch."  I don't get it.   

This cleanup marks the start of me using a new app called One+One.  I've only used it once, but so far so RAD!  I'm officially on the map as the first person on the East Coast to log data and I'm 3rd on the leaderboard!  Want to get the app?  It's free in the iTunes app store

July 11, 2014 at Access 17
Litter by weight: 14.5 oz
Cigarette butts: 55

Total cigarette butts removed: 58,015