Not all who wander are lost.

From Sea to Shining Sea

All the rooms at the DoubleTree have balconies with ocean view which is part of the reason we chose to spend our last few days here.  We felt like we didn’t get enough ocean time so we wanted to make sure we could see it every time we looked out the window and we can.  Last night we had left our curtains to our deck open and as soon as we opened our eyes we were treated to this sight.  We’ve stayed here before but I had forgotten how beautiful the sunrises can be.  This picture doesn’t come close to capturing it but it was still awesome nonetheless.

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Some of the best things are the simplest and one of our favorite things to do is wander along the beach watching the waves and hoping to catch a glimpse of a dolphin, crab, or any other type of life that we don’t have at home.  I like to see what the evening waves discarded on the shore and it’s always different from the night before.   On our walk today we found your standard seashells, a little sand crab, and of course the many different birds that are flying around trying to catch their breakfast.  We saw a few other things to.

(picture me stepping on soap box)

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Awhile ago we had watched a documentary on Netflix called Bag It .  It was one that I had stumbled upon probably while I was spinning, knitting, and avoiding work.  I typically have the TV on while working with my fiber more for something to listen to.  I’ve HEARD several movies, but seen very few.  I’ve also found myself a little addicted to documentaries lately  (don’t get me started on food documentaries!)  After a little while a stopped what I was doing completely and actually watched it..with my eyes!  It’s about a man who started out trying to study the impact of plastic bags on the environment.  Paper or plastic?…those bags. By the time he was done, it was more about how all plastic, particularly single use plastic containers have impacted not only our environment but the lives inhabiting it as well (think bottled water, Lunchables, toys, stuff like that.) After I watched it, I asked Jason to watch it with me later because I couldn’t believe what we are doing to our planet, to our wildlife, and to ourselves with this stuff.  I couldn’t explain it all to him so I wanted him to see it too.   There’s way too much information for me to explain it all here which is why I included the link. Watch it for yourself (its FREE.) This movie is partially why we ended up giving our credit card information to a nice young girl on the street of Boulder, CO so we could be card-carrying members of Green Peace.  It’s also why we’ve probably become a little annoying at the grocery store by not putting our produce in those plastic bags if we can help it which causes them to weigh them separately sometimes (apologies to those behind us in line at HyVee)

I had never really given it much thought before, and now I can’t seem to stop looking for this stuff.  And it’s everywhere.  As we walked along the beach we couldn’t help but notice all of the plastic bottle lids mixed in with the seashells in the sand.  There were little bits of plastic everywhere we looked.  Straws, bottles, little chunks of who knows what scattered around the beach.  How do you lose 1 shoe in the ocean?  Maybe it matches that one that is always along the highway.

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We also could see how the sea life would make the foreign object part of their environment in some cases.

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In our opinion, Florida has some of the most beautiful beaches we’ve seen and that is still the case here.  There are many places that are much worse off but we couldn’t help but wonder when these beaches would start looking like some of the ones we saw in the movie.  After watching this movie we made a conscious effort to reduce our use of bags and bottles whenever we can.  In fact, when we first started talking about taking a long bike trip we tossed around the idea of biking across the country (well, part of it anyway) picking up garbage until we realized that we would never actually be on our bikes, and then where would we put it all anyway?  It seemed like an enormous task.  We have taken a few steps in the right direction, but we know there is still more we could do.  Did I stop along the beach and pick up each little piece of plastic that I saw? No.  It seemed like too big of job and how much impact would I have by just picking up whatever bits and pieces that my hands could carry?  But I suppose that’s the problem.  We don’t realize that if everyone grabbed whatever they could carry it could be a lot of plastic and maybe the job would seem a little smaller.  Next time, I think instead of complaining about all the bottle lids everywhere, I’ll just pick them up.  It would be great if we all did the same.

(stepping off soap box now)

 

1 Comment

  1. Linda Squiers's Gravatar Linda Squiers
    September 28, 2014    

    You are so right Jenny……we all need to take care of our Mother Earth and there are so many ways we can all participate. My input is society has so little regard for life ( of the unborn), is it any wonder that society can’t be bothered with plastic and bits of debris washing up on the shores of our beaches. I would listen to you on this soap box more readily then the soap box on meat/chicken

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