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

18 June 2009

Duwamish River, Seattle

Garbage Bag Count: 2

The Duwamish River flows into Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle. It's an almost totally industrial river, but there are some pockets of wild. We found our way to one of these pockets and picked up trash along the way. But we met our match in the form of an abandoned motor boat. We'll go back to pull some of the hideous trash out of the thing - and who knows, maybe we could actually tow it out at a very high tide. THAT would be cool. Human powered tugs!

I have to admit (Kaj) that while we surveyed the motorboat hulk full of slimy junk (Cheese Whiz, soggy sweatshirts, coolers, boots, a rotting PFD, etc, etc.) I actually started to become sick to my stomach. It began to literally make me sick. I think it was partly the realization that humans have the power to do very cool things, but this wasn't one of them. It was just un-natural ugliness in an unlikely, seemingly thriving oasis of wild in a concrete maze. But we will return to this spot and see what more can be pulled out othere there...

Wildlife seen:

* Green Heron
* Osprey (on nest)
* Canada Geese
* Dragonflies
* BRIGHT red Damselfly
* Rat
* Salt water Perch

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