That Girl’s Blog: Somewhere on a Beach

Welcome to vacation season! Welcome to summer on Cape Cod! Welcome to shoppy-shops and mini golf! Welcome to our internationally envied pristine beaches… Beautiful stretches of sand and beach grass and ocean as far as the eye can see.

I am getting ready to take a few days off for a little R&R… No, I am not going to an exotic island someplace in another time zone. I don’t have to! We LIVE on beautiful sand spit where at any given time you are 5 minutes from a sandy beach. I was messaging with a friend about finally getting to spend an afternoon “Somewhere on a beach… Sippin something strong” thank you Dierks Bentley.

Or perhaps: “I got my toes in the water, a** in the sand… Not a worry in the world, a cold beer in my hand…” Thank you Zac Brown! Yes, I was so happy about a little time to relax on the beach that I was already singing out loud to my neighbors.

And then this morning another friend of mine sent me a few pictures from his job site.

Have you ever gone to the beach early in the morning and the beaches are perfectly raked and there isn’t a scrap of trash anywhere? Please say ‘thank you’ to my friend Ed (and a few other hard working people) that get up at Goofy-O-Clock in the morning to clean the Cape beaches every day. This was the first picture he sent:

Craigville Beach 6/16/16 AFTER

Craigville Beach 6/16/16

Followed by another picture:

Craigville Beach Trash 6/16/16

Craigville Beach Trash 6/16/16

Empty beer cans, water bottles, flip-flops, random clothing and… I don’t even know what that other thing is! Please give me a moment to step up on my soap box: PICK UP YOUR TRASH! I know we are inclined to blame the tourists, but it’s a little early in the season, and plenty of this stuff ends up on the beaches all year.

beach trash

How often have you gone for a walk and seen beer bottles, fishing line, coffee cups, plastic bags and sketchy wrappers littered along the high tide mark? Have you ever taken the time to pick things up and throw them away? Or do you simply keep walking because you aren’t the one who carelessly (or deliberately) tossed an empty cup into the surf or dunes?

beach trash 2

Maybe you are one of the really great and conscientious folks who organize regular beach clean-ups?

We all want to go to the beach and have a good time. We all want to have our family and friends with us and enjoy an afternoon in the sun and water. Some of us want to have a picnic or maybe a “sippy-cup” with an adult beverage when no one is looking (Shhhh!!!). Some of us want to enjoy a sunset or cast a line at the end of the day. And so many of us want to fill social media feeds with pictures of sunsets over the bay!


Simple rule: Leave the beach the way you want to find it. If you are on a boat, keep your trash on the boat. If you are at a picnic, chase the empty zip-lock bag that blew away. And if you see a piece of trash – even if it’s not yours, please pick it up.

On behalf of the town workers and the many volunteers and regular old beach-bums across the Cape,

Thank You!

Long Beach

Long Beach

About Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson is "That Girl" on Cape Country 104 – a Cape Cod native and longtime Cape radio personality. She is a passionate supporter of Military and Veteran causes on the Cape and also hosts local music spotlight program, “The Cheap Seats” on Ocean 104.7.

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