Last Saturday, Mike Barton and Rich Harvey, members of the Alpine Watershed Group, joined members of California Alps Cycling (yours truly, January Riddle and Patricia Schwartz) in an Adopt-a-Highway litter clean-up along Highway 89 in and around Markleeville. Brian Peters, Community Development Director of Alpine County, also gave up part of his Saturday to help out.
We collected eight (8) bags of garbage including the following items:
- A cell phone (smart-phone) – a brand of which we had never seen.
- A cooler lid along with two (2) other lids from totes of some sort. Nope we didn’t get the totes too.
- A rolled up dollar bill. Someone was doing something illicit but I appreciated the tip nonetheless.
- A couple dozen cigarette butts. Really, people still do that?!
- About fifteen (15) or so beer cans. All but two (2) were either Coors or Coors Light. The other two were a Bud Light and a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Does this say something about Coors drinkers? You decide!
- Many, many mini-wine bottles. Mostly Sutter Home…again! Okay, what’s the the Sutter Home people?
- Quite a few plastice garbage bags (ironic, don ‘t you think?), a 10×20’ piece of black plastic, and
- A chunk of car bumper, a slice of roof rack and a headlight unit, sans bulb.
This was all collected along a three-mile stretch of the highway, from Camp Markleeville to Turtle Rock Park!
It was a good day of community service and a big ol’ C.A.C. THANK YOU goes out to all of our intrepid volunteers.