Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Litter patrol.....

 7:35 am - Tuesday - July 20th - Seal Rock, OR - 55° F, 100% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north....heavy marine layer this morning, clearing later with a forecast high today of 62° F.  On this date in 2013 we were at Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.....it was a cold day......↴



Seal Rocks RV Cove adopted a mile stretch of US-101 running about 1/2 mile north, and 1/2 mile south of the park entrance a number of years ago.  Every few months someone (4 times every 12 months) SRRVC must send someone out to do litter patrol along that stretch of adopted highway.  Monday was the fourth time TLE and I have done that job since we arrived here last September.  We actually enjoy the job because we get to work together outside the park. After donning our safety vests (bright orange, or bright green), gathering together our equipment (pickers and trash bags) we headed out by crossing US-101 to the west side of the highway to walk north against the traffic.  Usually we fill up one large trash bag each (up to Seal Rock Beach parking lot, and back to the park entrance) on this stretch of highway consisting mostly of cigarette butts, and other forms of litter (single socks, face masks, price tags from recently purchased clothing, soda cans, beer cans, Qtips, dental flossing tools, etc.), but comprised mostly of the former.  

After we return to the entrance of the park by crossing back over US-101 and walking against the northbound traffic we take a bathroom break, and then continue south on US-101 walking against traffic.  This section of US-101 (park entrance south to Seal Rock Street and back) usually requires two bags each to complete the litter pickup.  It is usually much larger stuff, and why that is I have no idea....larger stuff consisting of cardboard boxes, gallon water jugs (empty), plastic liter soda bottles, liquor bottles, car parts, and of course, the ubiquitous cigarette butts.  On this day I picked a sun visor that appeared to be from a VW, a newborn baby mattress with fitted sheet (yeah, right?), roofing material, a serpentine belt form a car, a cardboard box. There are three turnouts on the west side of US-101 in this stretch, and man are there a lot of cigarette butts.

In all it usually takes us three hours to do litter patrol, and we cover about 2 miles walking, and that was the case Tuesday.  We started at 9:30 am, and finished at 12:30 pm.  I think we must have picked a thousand cigarette butts Monday between the two of us....mostly filter tips by the way, but I did garner four Marlboro cigarette boxes, and TLE found a whole pack of filter tips....that's a first.  We were home just before 1 pm after dropping off our gear, and talking with Terry and Michele for a while.  By the way, Terry had his should surgery last Friday.  They were able to repair the torn rotator cuff, and reattach the torn ligament via arthroscopic surgery on an out patient basis.  Now comes the 6 week recovery, and rehab plus another 6 months of gradually returning to full duty.

It's been over a week since we dined out so after changing our clothes we drove south to Waldport to have a late lunch at Hilltop Cafe Bistro (4.5 stars on 366 reviews - Yelp).  You may recall we ordered takeout from the restaurant back  on November 21st (I wrote about that here) when most restaurants were closed for dine in service.  Since they are now open for dine in service sans masks we decided to check them out again.....


.....we arrived at Hilltop around 1:30 pm, ordered a couple of Porters, and a Crispy bacon cheeseburger for moi, and a Rueben for TLE.  We chose an alfresco table and settled in to await our food.....


That's ocean in the distance


.....the service was a tad slow, but like our friend Karen says, "put your patience in your pocket, because the food is going to be great!", and it was.  When we arrived the patio was full of customers, but by the time we left we were the last ones standing.  We were home by 2:30 pm, and a few minutes later I was taking a nap in my recliner....fully reclined....sweet!  By the time I woke up from that nap it was going on 4 pm!  Nothing like a good brew for lunch to result in a good nap.

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