When we found out that this event was so close, it seemed like a sign! Since we plan on doing more of this, now that we've got contacts... we went out and bought "camel back" water dispensers, which we think we'll use a LOT around here! We donned our floppy brimmed sun hats, long sleeve SPF shirts and slathered our legs in sunscreen, then hit the beach with about 20 other do-gooders from around the area.
We all met up at the parking lot of Centro Vocational y Balneario Punta Guillarte, which just happens to also be our favorite little happy hour spot, Puri's Tiki bar... and caravanned down the road to the Balneario Punta Guilarte beach. Punta Guilarte is actually the point we walk to when we follow our beach to the west.
Everyone else in our group was fluent in Spanish, and the event was advertised as being in Spanish... but our wonderful leader, Wylmarie, speaks very good English, and she was happy to make sure that we got the pertinent points. It was so good for me to try to figure out what they were saying, and I really think I got the gist of it, if not the full meaning. Today's learned phrase is "Estoy cansada!" (I'm TIRED)
Balneario, which here means a beach park with public facilities... Balneario Punta Guilarte was once a very nice facility with cabanas and tables where families could come and enjoy the gentle, shallow waters in the bay. Hurricane Maria damaged all of the buildings, and only some are beginning to be restored. Families still come here, so there is some trash to be cleaned up! There's also a good bit of stuff that washes ashore, but I have to say... I was very surprised at how LITTLE trash we found!
Bruce and I walked mostly the grassy areas, while many of the others picked through the seaweed and high tide line. We had a nice, cool breeze and started picking up trash at about 9am, but that sun got warm pretty fast!
|Cloud cover kept it from being TOO hot!|
We all piled our bags around the weighting station and had some healthy snacks while we waited to hear how much trash we had collected.
We talked about the different types of trash we collected. Most of it was small pieces, caps off of water bottles and beer bottles, some glass, quite a bit of plastic straws and wrappers, some styrofoam... couple of shoes and pieces of clothing! Some items found were left over from Hurricane Maria - wires and boards... Then the usual cups, cans and water bottles. But like I said, we didn't find the beach to be too dirty, so that was encouraging!
|Watching the weighting...|
|The lovely Wylmarie giving us the grand total! 149 POUNDS!|