Garden's for a Future

Canoing and Cleaning the Brazos
April 3, 2011, 9:03 pm
Filed under: Life Outside

It was a wonderful Saturday morning floating down the calm shallow waters on the Brazos. The locals told us about the lack of rain, and at certain parts the canoes got stuck in shallow areas forcing us to push ahead in our cleaning endeavors.

The cleanup took me by surprise. The first sand bar  was less than a hundred feet from the starting point and it filled up several trash bags. On a little five mile stretch, the first few crews that finished their journey dropped off over a hundred tires and a trailer full of trash with plenty more to pick up. All the canoes were fully loaded and had to pass up the opportunity to pick up more trash so that their boats would not tip over.

Although the sight of the trash was disheartening, the cleanup efforts give hope and shed light on how we can come together to save our rivers. Local canoe businesses gave out free rentals, another business opened up their RV park for volunteers to park at, a scrumptious BBQ joint fed everybody with piping hot brisket, hot dogs, iced tea, and cold beer. The locals understood the precious value of the river.

In the end, it comes down to one simple understanding; water feeds life.


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