I have spent the month of October on the shores of Lake Michigan near the lovely town of South Haven, Michigan. It has been a wonderful time to reconnect with my favorite place while preparing for my next 1000-mile hike.
Every day, I have hiked a couple of miles in one direction, then returned to my cottage retracing my steps. And every day as I returned, I picked up trash along the shoreline.
Day after day I have picked up plastic bottles, aluminum cans and collapsed juice pouches.
The big surprise in lakeshore trash is the number of mylar balloons I have found. These festive inflatables take FOREVER to degrade. Some, like the one to the left, has all of the color worn off by wind and waves, but it is still intact. These three (below) were tied together and washed up together.
This photo is ONE DAY'S gathering of trash.
Sure, there is the expected plastic and aluminum...
and there were FIVE mylar balloons just this one day.
Et tu, SpongeBob?