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Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches — Saturday, Apr. 17, 2010

Olympic Peninsula
Me posing with my new back pakcing tool
April 17th was Washington coast clean up day. I signed up for Shi Shi beach with months ago. This was my first trip to Shi Shi beach. The trail starts out on board walks which are in great shape. But quickly deteriorates into ankle deep boot sucking mud. There are also a few blowdowns. Improvoving drainage would go a long way to elimingating the mud. There's not much elevation change until just before the beach, where there is a bluff to climb down. The minute i hit the beach i was stunned by it's beauty, and by the absolute sheer voulume of trash that washed up on the beach. To take a few photos, and pick up 7 bags of trash took just 20 minutes, with out rushing. I placed one bag in my back pack and the other six tied to a piece of drift wood, slung over the shoulder. I didnt even put a dent in the mess. Pack it in Pack it out
Me at the tail head with my trash load. There's plenty more where that came from.
Dead Marine creatures on a chunk of Styrofoam