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Monday, November 28, 2011

One Man’s Garbage is Another Man’s Treasure…. Not So Much

Rick Morgan

One of the duties we perform as camp hosts at Galveston Island State Park is to roam the beach in our Gator and pick up the trash that rides in on the surf or is left behind by swimmers, picnickers, fisherman, or beachcombers. This is a picture of just a small portion of the trash we picked up on one short ride up and down the beach and gives you some idea of the sort of trash I am talking about.


I am not sure how any of the broken Styrofoam plates and cups, old plastic water bottles, torn garbage bags, deflated and torn balloons, - well you get the idea, could be considered a treasure by anyone.

What is a treasure are the hundreds of beautiful beaches that make up much of the thousands of miles of magnificent US coastline. The Galveston sunrises over the gulf are spectacular 

and we love walking along the beach watching and photographing the birds. 


The beach and dunes are ever changing and it is fun to explore and experience the transformation the tides and winds bring each day. The beach and dunes at Galveston Island State Park are primitive and as futile as it seems, picking up trash is our small attempt to keep it that way. Come on people we can do better.