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Sierra Club Lizard's Mouth Cleanup Success!
updated: Sep 30, 2013, 10:34 AM
By Robert Bernstein
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 29! SUCCESSFUL LIZARD'S MOUTH CLEANUP!
Thank you very much to everyone who made the Sierra Club's Lizard's Mouth Cleanup a success on Sunday!
Here are my photos!
Cleaning up were Christine and John Wilson, Yuvi Dora, Barry White, Ernai Alexander, Art Schwartz, Robert Gower and his daughter Serafina and me (Robert Bernstein)! John had traveled six hours from Texas to be with his wife Christine for the weekend and I was impressed that they chose to spend their limited time together doing the cleanup!
Robert Gower brought a long-handled rake which was indispensable for retrieving trash from otherwise inaccessible areas. And everyone was amazingly diligent about going into difficult areas to retrieve trash.
As always, people had a lot of fun experiencing the joys of being at Lizard's Mouth! Added to that of course was the sense of accomplishment of making a beautiful place even more beautiful.
We have organized these cleanups for many years at Lizard's Mouth. Last year and this year I have noticed that the area is cleaner than in past years. Someone told me that the rock climbers have been organizing their own cleanups during the year which may well explain it. If it is true, thanks!
Despite it being cleaner than in the past, there still was trash. We hauled out 34 pounds of trash to be exact, twice as much as last year. Some of the most toxic materials, like cigarette butts, don't weigh very much.
In some past years we had seen bright paint ball pellets that look like little berries. These poison wildlife when eaten and we were happy to see fewer of them this year.
The nastiest stuff to clean up is all too much broken glass. This year we used little hand brooms and dust bins to get more of it up. But it is difficult to get the glass up without sweeping up a lot of dirt with it.
If people are going to get drunk up there it would be good if they at least drank from cans!
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