There’s just something about getting out there that makes trips like these special. “You can read all the articles in the world, but nothing brings home the importance of preserving our public lands quite like spending time exploring a national park, partaking in a clean up, and leaving it better than you found it,” says Hiemstra.
What started as a team bonding trip to clean up some trash in Olympic National Park became an eye-opening exploration of the wild, what it means to so many different people, and how different perspectives tackle the challenges facing today's outdoor community. We spent a morning cleaning up Beach 4, located just south of the iconic Ruby Beach in the park. Despite the beach being located on an isolated stretch of coastline, we pulled about 80 lbs of trash off the beach, plus a crab pot weighing about 100 lbs.