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

07 September 2010

Snoqualmie River - Fall City to Carnation

Over Labor Day we paddled a relaxing stretch of the Snoqualmie River, east of Seattle. This stretch of the river runs through farmland, with many twists and turns and oxbows. Wildlife sightings include:

  • Cutthroat Trout
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Bald Eagle
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Crow
  • Raven
  • Violet-Green Swallow
  • Mallard Duck
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Canada Goose
  • Common Merganser
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Robin
  • Flycatcher (of some sort)
  • Domestic Pigeon

But it wasn't all wildlife. We found the leavings of humans along the way. Among the refuse we pulled out of the river we found multiple flip-flops, two inflatable rafts, a road cone, many water bottles, a rubber boot, multiple plastic shopping bags, and about 40 beer cans all from the same location.

It always feels good to leave the river better than we found it. Certainly there is more trash still in the river that we missed (more than I care to think about), but we have to try don't we?

In the end, as always, the waterways of our local area are beautiful and we'll go back to them again and again.

Paddle well and leave it better than you found it.


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