Exped LLC is a small company and we all happen to be paddlers with a passion for adventure. It saddens us to see trash in the waters and on the beaches where we paddle - whether that's far from home on a remote beach or on our home stretch of water. The stuff is everywhere! It's ugly, dangerous to life, and it needs to be removed. That's what is all about - removing the trash we see from the waters we love.

It's quite simple and our little tagline says it all:

Take only trash, leave only swirls.

When we paddle, we pick up trash in our human powered craft and we invite you to do the same. Spread the word and let's turn our kayaks and canoes into Garbage Scows!

See you on the water.

The team at Exped LLC
Seattle, WA

22 May 2009

Sammamish Slough

The Sammamish Slough is my home waterway. It flows through my town and allows me to get out and paddle year round. In the winter, ice forms on the gunnels. In the summer I wear sandals. It's a nice, friendly stretch of water and is quite beautiful. is a decidedly urban waterway and is subject to the associated human carelessness and stupidity. Garbage! So, I pluck it out of the water when I can.

One item of trash that I ALWAYS find in abundance is the tennis ball. At the headwaters of the slough, where it flows out of Lake Sammamish, is a dog park. People throw tennis balls (and other dog toys) into the river and sometimes Fido doesn't come back with it. But guess what? They end up downstream - in large quantities. Perhaps some company could make money making water soluble, biodegradable tennis balls!

In any case, the Sammamish Slough will be the topic of many posts over coming months and years on Look for the tennis ball count in the future.

Garbage Bags: 2

Tennis Balls: 9

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