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Illuminating in the dark…

I don’t like that the autumn and pre-winter days are shorter.
It means my Saturday and Sunday walks – empty trash bag and hot coffee in hand – begin in the dark.

Even in the dark hours, my 2.5 mile route is still worth a bagful of litter.

Even in the dark hours, my 2.5 mile route is still worth a bagful of litter.

Without light, pickable items go unseen. Plastic Marlboro wrappers, small shards of plastic, caps from Coke bottles, bits of polystyrene, McDonald’s and Burger King cup lids, Snickers wrappers, etc. won’t be captured.
To make matters worse, the telltale sheen of plastic is lost among the glisten of tens of thousands of wet leaves. The leafy mat can cover Bud Light and Miller Lite and Pepsi cans. So I corral and bag what I can.
As the dawn arrives, I can see the refuse begin to accumulate. Junk I missed earlier will have to wait for next time. What it confirms is that slobs keep tossing stuff aside. I’ll continue to be there to pick up after them. Even in the dark, their buffoonery is illuminating.

About Dave Bradley (254 Articles)
I'm the one behind two totally unrelated blogs; one on 15 years of writing a weekly letter to my kids (plus other recipients), the other on my localized environmental responsibility. I'm a writer by trade and both endeavors are accepted practice for me. As for the letters, my adult children Ellen and Reid may have seen letters as corny at one point, but it's accepted practice for them, too, to find something in their mailbox other than bills and junk mail. Email and texting don't do a lot for me for a lot of different reasons. Snail mail has its place in the communicative world so as long as they keep selling stamps, I'm buying. As for 'Pick Up Your Path' and the environment, I advocate what citizens can do themselves to take a direct hand in their neighborhood environment. But Pick Up Your Path is also a general environmental blog. It may be largely about litter and trash, but both of those are just one element of the total environmental picture.

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