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

05 January 2011

A rainy day on Lake Union, Seattle

I know this post looks a little gloomy - sorry about that. Lake Union in the heart of Seattle is actually a very nice place to paddle and we've done our fair share of plying its waters over the years. We often put in at the Museum of History and Industry, paddle through "The Cut," cruise through Portage Bay and do a lap around Lake Union itself. On the way back it's fish and chips lunch at Ivar's. Always something happening on and around the water here.

A few weeks back I did exactly the outing described above and picked up trash along the way. Not shown in the above image is one of the more interesting finds of late: a long, graphite oar for a rowing shell. I tucked it into the solo canoe and dropped it on one of the rowing club docks nearby. Hoping they can find a use for it. Other interesting junk included two PFD's and a perfectly good pair of running shoes. Quite a haul for the little red canoe.

Mid-week paddling on a rainy day in Seattle is usually a pleasantly lonely affair and this outing was no exception. Didn't see another paddler all day. And the fish and chips were great!

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