In Bob’s November 4 post he talks about having a mission for his last kayak trip on the Russian River—in this case recovering a large redwood board for the visitor’s center at the Jenner launch ramp.
I like to have a mission (or missions) for my paddles sometimes, even if the “mission” is to not have any mission other than to dwell in the presence of the natural world.
Who knows? Maybe just doing nothing is the most important mission of all.
On my most recent paddle from Jenner, one of my missions was to pick up every piece of garbage I could.
The river does not have a whole lot of trash on its shores. That’s probably not for lack of litterbugs, but because there are other people like me who pick up the garbage they see.
Anyway, on the paddle along the lower between the mouth and Willow Creek I collected a dozen pieces of litter including two tennis balls and a soccer ball from a cow pasture. I had to land my boat and get out and walk to pick up the sporting equipment.
It felt good to stretch my legs.
The guy who’s inspired me to pick up trash is Richard James whose blog, Coastodian is well worth a visit. I am a fan of his work and his blog. Go ahead, and click on that link to his blog.