LIVING IT & RELIVING IT STARTS HERE

Earth Day 2013

2 do-gooders, 2 kayaks, and 2 plastic mattress bags = Happy Earth Day! 

As  everyone  knows,  St.  Joe’s  tends  to  collect  plastic  bottles  like  nobody’s  business.   One  November  day  a  few years  ago  we  hatched  a  plan  and  set  out  to  do  our  part.   It  was  our  “earth  day.”

We   kayaked  over  to  St.  Joe’s  from  the  south  jetty,   strolled  the  beach  and  dunes,  and  stuffed  as  much  plastic  as  possible  in  our  “trash  bags”.    Once  filled  we  tied ’em  up  to  our  kayak  and  SUP   and  launched  from  the  north  jetty.

Towing  the  loot  back  across  the  ship  channel  was  the  real  adventure.   High  winds  made  excellent  sails  of  the  huge,  floating  bags  and  carried  us  a  bit  off  course.   Jen  managed  to  wrap  her  towing  rope,   big  bag  and  part  of  her  partner’s  gear  around  a  piling  near  the  UTMSI  docks.  The  spin  maneuver did  halt  our  westward  progression,  but  let’s  just  say  Des  and  his  knife  were  needed  at  some  point.

Luckily,  being  strong  paddlers,  and  despite  the  hooting  and  laughter,  we  did  manage  to  arrive  on  the  south  side with our recycling cargo intact.   James  Derkits  took  our  rescue   call and  sped  over  to  pick  us  up.

Filming  from  a  fast  moving  SUP  while  paddling across  the  channel  was  some  of  the  best  video  I’ve  ever  taken – that  I’ve  never  seen  beyond  the  viewfinder!  I  keep  hoping  it  will  turn  up  on  a  hard  drive  somewhere  in  the  future.

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