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Walking on the beach

I’ve been trying to get more exercise lately. It’s part of an overall push to get healthier. Less sitting. More greens.

To that end I’ve begun to walk along the beach in the mornings. I leave the dogs home, since they’re not allowed there, which means that I can just worry about myself for an hour or so.

I drive out to M-116 which is the access road to the Ludington State Park, and then I start my beach walk a half mile north of where I started the previous time I went, crawling over whatever dunes are between me and the water. Then I go north for a half hour before turning around and heading back again. I take pictures, make a note of the songs or parts of songs that I hear in my head, pick up trash. Today I thought, I’ll make a sculpture of whatever I find today on the beach. That’ll be fun. But by the time I was back in the car, with a shopping bag full of crap, I’d lost whatever enthusiasm I had for the idea.

You’d think that on a beautiful beach like this one, with a lake view that goes on for miles, people would pick up after themselves, but you’d be wrong.

There was a sculpture made of driftwood and what looked like random trash right at the place where I turned around this morning. I don’t know who is making them, but I’ve seen a couple in the past few years.

I have questions, though, such as, do they, the creator(s), then come and disassemble it and throw the trash away? Or does it all come apart on its own and the trash go back to being trash and not part of a sculpture? Or is it comprised of their/her/his own trash that they bring to the beach in order to sculpt with it?

Maybe it’s just my inner curmudgeon asking. In the meantime, I’ll continue to pick up stuff as I walk along, even though it pisses me off that I need to. Knee bends are good exercise, too, you know.


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