Circa 2014: One of my favorite pictures in La Habana Vieja. It was one of our last days in Cuba and while down an ally looking at local artist's work we got pulled into a storyteller's circle which turned into joining hands and dancing with the locals. One of the best parts of Cuba was the people and the fact that you could find yourself dancing on a Tuesday morning simply because it felt good to do so.
When you go to grab a straw at a restaurant, or a plastic bag at the grocery store, do you ever ask yourself, “where will this end up?” Unfortunately, a lot of our trash ends up in the ocean. It has been estimated that as much as 12.7 million metric tonnes of plastic can enter the ocean every year (Jambeck et al. 2015). Macroplastics are frequently ingested by many marine organisms; Green Sea Turtles (Chelonia mydas) in particular tend to eat lots of macroplastics, with as much as 60% of the stomach content containing plastic (Di Beneditto et al. 2014). Not all of it is large, however. Throughout the surface of the world’s oceans there is also an abundance of microplastics, or small particulate pieces which are commonly ingested by pelagic animals including marine mammals such as whales (Doyle et al. 2011). And did you know that under federal law it is LEGAL to dump trash into the ocean, as long as it is not within three miles of shore (BoatU.S. Foundation)?
It is up to us, the people, to make a change for the better. You can do your part by avoiding single use plastics including straws, plastic bags, bottles, and be an overall conscious consumer! You can also help out at local community events like beach clean-ups!
It's hard to tell in this photo, but I'm standing soaked in the rain. Autumn and I drove near and far to find a vacant campsite and set up our tent 3 times in different areas only to be told the site was booked. Finally, at 7pm we found an amazing spot.... and it started down pouring. You can't tell, but we were laughing our butts off. However, this picture of me pulling out gear in the middle of a storm was too hilarious and epic not to post. Thank you for the weekend of adventure and a million laughs @otto_rocket88, I'm going to miss you!
Some heros wear capes, some travel the world without inhibition, sharing their experiences and culinary delights. I'm so incredibly sad to learn about Anthony Bourdain's passing. Please call 1-800-273-8255 if you are even considering suicide, there is hope. Check on your strong friends, because even the most massive characters can be seared with scars.