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California Coastal Clean Up Day – Inspirational Message: It Feels Great!

Posted by Kyle Design on September 22, 2008

It is a beautiful lake, and now even more attractive along a stretch of clean beach.

It is a beautiful lake, and now even more attractive along a stretch of clean beach.

Saturday was California’s Coastal Cleanup Day 2008. Although I missed the actual day, reading about it on Sunday in the newspaper inspired my family to go to Lake Del Valle in Livermore, CA, and clean up the beaches there.

Recycling Logo Business Card Holder is a gentle reminder to always do your part.

Recycling Logo Business Card Holder is a gentle reminder to always do your part.

They were in sore need of help. We came prepared with plastic bags and gloves. My husband, two daughters and I spent over an hour picking up about 75 pounds of garbage – beer bottles, cans, candy wrappers, trout bait containers and fishing line. We hauled the bags back to the recycling bin – those three large ones in the photo.

Lake Del Valle is a beautiful man-made lake nestled in the mountains of south Livermore and managed by the East Bay Regional Parks District. Recreational activities include dog walking, boating, hiking, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, sailing and wind surfing. There are picnic tables, boat launch, dock, concession stand and facilities. It is a great site for parties because there is so much to do.

Attention Beer Lovers! My new Beer Business Card Case is a cool way to carry your credit cards, too.

Attention Beer Lovers! My new Beer Business Card Case is a cool way to carry your credit cards, too.

My husband had been there the day before walking our dog. He was struck by how dirty it was, so when he read about the Coastal Clean Up Day, which was started in 1985, he suggested we all go and do our part, albeit a day late, but, hey, better late than never. It was a gorgeous day – in the low seventies with a gentle wind. Cleaning up was a good workout – good for the body, good for the soul. I’ve been working furiously on the computer to get all my new designs up on my site, and this was a great break to get the blood flowing again.

I was really rejuvenated by the experience – doing something practical for our community while enjoying nature, taking the time to appreciate the quiet lapping of waves, the scenic views and the sense of being away from it all while just being minutes from home.

Are you the type to get out there and do it? Or could you use a little inspiration from our Mountain Biking Light Switch Plates? Check them out here!

Are you the type to get out there and do it? Or could you use a little inspiration from our Mountain Biking Light Switch Plates? Check them out here!

All we can do is set an example, for our kids as well as others, with family activities that make a difference, and hope that if everyone just does a little, a lot will get done. Make it your business. And, really, it feels great!

For all you beer drinkers who drink (and dispose of) responsibly, please check out my brand new Beer Gift Ideas. And for those of you who enjoy participating in activities that help your community, please visit my Recycling Logo Gifts. If you appreciate getting out and enjoying nature while getting a good workout, see my Gifts for Mountain Bikers. California Coastal Cleanup Day 2009 is on Saturday, September 19 next year (the third Saturday in September). Put it on your calendars if you are so inclined!

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