April 22nd ~ Near Running Springs, CA
As fate would have it, I just happened to see this post inviting the mountain-top residents to participate in the Earth Day clean-up.
Since Tim and I did not have anything already planned, we figured it was a great opportunity to give back to our community, get some fresh air and exercise and perhaps meet a few more of our neighbors – win, win, win.
Our meeting point was right across the street from the Snow Valley ski resort. It was well-coordinated with adequate parking, plenty of large bright orange garbage bags, water, directions to where to begin and around 200 energetic volunteers.
What was particularly bothersome was the large number of plastic sleds that had shattered when being used and were simply left behind or tossed in the bushes. The remnants constituted the largest bulk of what we gathered.
With summer vacation and holidays right around the corner, I hope this will also be a gentle reminder to those of you who are blessed to be able to enjoy the great outdoors to PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pickup after yourselves. The old saying of “pack it in, pack it out” still holds tremendous value. Let’s leave Mother Nature pristine!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the large number of volunteers who showed up to help clean up our mountain. They came from as far away as Arizona and San Diego. I appreciate the hard work and willing attitude that was presented. I also am thankful that plans are underway to provide netted dump bins for next year where broken sleds can be deposited which will hopefully keep our forest cleaner in the future.