April 8, 2012
This morning Baylee and I rose before the sun, walked to the beach and waited for it's arrival - my own private, personal sunrise celebration on Easter Sunday. To the right, a gentleman was far down doing the same thing. To my left, closer to the pier, was another gentleman. All of us standing still. Waiting. The sky lightened just before a bright white dot popped over the horizon. I stood until the sun was free, rising higher into the morning blue, counted my blessings and then headed for home. Happy Easter.
Today marks the beginning of a new project. Researching North Carolina habitats, native plants and critters, looking for preserves, gardens and conservation areas I unexpectedly stumbled upon a cause. A younger, more savvy person thought up this cause and was running like crazy with it. I was ready for something proactive to do and this cause totally fits me. Basically, it's something I can do when we go to the beach. In my down time I'll be doing something worthwhile for our planet. I like that.
Danielle lives to make a difference. She is the kind of motivated young woman who is truly inspirational - a fabulous role model for kids of all ages. To say Danielle's blog is about picking up litter would be an understatement. Words here cannot fully express the depth of her project and how far reaching it is becoming. Her beach butts project got my attention. How many cigarette butts have I seen on the beach since being here? Tons. And how many had I picked up? Not one. Until now.
Danielle and I have made contact and I am doing my part for The Daily Ocean. Above are the fruits of my labor at Fort Fisher's public beach. In 20 minutes I found 150 cigarette butts and a whole lotta trash....including a bright orange plastic Easter egg.
For my part I'll walk Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher to clean up and give her counts as often as possible. Also, the preserves, conservation sites, gardens, etc. that I visit to blog about I'll do the same. Danielle is keeping up with all this stuff but I'll also keep a running tab in my sidebar. Please visit Danielle's blog - I made a BIG BUTTON linking to her in the sidebar - or you can link here to It Starts With Me. Tell her I sent ya and give her lots of kudos. She deserves it.