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Brought to you by Ashley Reese, a summer 2013 bestie intern! A throwback from a blog post submitted this summer, we found this gem and just had to share! Start dreaming of what you’ll do after work or on the weekend right now! 

Trash belongs in a garbage can, but some of it goes wild. Unfortunately if you spend time outdoors, you know that litter finds its way into our parks and public spaces. The 1:1 Movement asks you to think about the trash you find on your beaches and natural preserves.

Here are a few tips for next time you spend time outdoors.

1. Bring an extra bag. Try using an empty cereal bag or chip bag to bring along as the extra trash bag.

If you happen to find a piece of trash along your hike, pick it up and store it in the bag. At the end of the day, the trash is conveniently in your extra trash bag and you can throw it away in a trash can at the trailhead.

2. Avoid bringing disposables and trash into the environment. If you repackage your food so you bring energy bars and granola in a reusable container, you’ll reduce the trash you have to carry out. You can also buy your food in bulk to you minimize your trash at home.  

3. Take trash out, leave nature in.  When you’re spending time outside, avoid picking flowers, taking wood, squishing insects and … bear hugs. Bears do not like cuddling.

4. Our natural environments are shared spaces. The same trail that we walk on is also shared by hundreds and thousands of other outdoors enthusiasts every day. Instead of being a trailblazer and walking through new parts of the park, walk on the established trails. The consequences of creating your own trail are serious: you can cause erosion and destruction of natural habitat. Do you remember seeing “shortcuts” on hikes where a smaller path splits off from the main path? While I encourage you to be a trailblazer in your daily pursuits and walk the path less traveled, when you are in the wilderness stick to the beaten path.

We found some folks who are engaging in original and creative ways to keep trash out of their environments.

One couple in northern California does beach cleanups every week. Instead of throwing away the trash they find, they transform it into beautiful art installations.

The H20 Trash Patrol in San Diego are a network of avid paddleboarders. When they’re spending time in the ocean, they pick up trash from their paddleboards.

If you look into your community, you might be surprised to see how people are finding ways to keep their environment clean while going about their daily activities.

At The 1:1 Movement, we like to think of trash in a different way. For each piece of litter item we pick up along the trail, that’s one less piece of trash on the ground. That’s the 1:1 philosophy.

The 1:1 Movement team put together our favorite hikes in southern california. We’d love to hear about your favorite outdoors areas and how you’re making a difference in your community.

Torrey Pines State Reserve [http://www.torreypine.org/]
La Jolla, CA

Torrey Pines State Beach is one of my favorite places in San Diego because of the amazing views. After running south along the beach, you reach the bottom of a staircase hidden between the rocks. The staircase leads you to trails that lead the top of the hill where you can see awesome views of the coastline. On a clear day, you can see La Jolla Cove maybe some hang gliders. If you pick one of the less trafficked paths, you’ll discover some small canyons and interesting rock formations. -Veronica Lee


Volcan Mountain Preserve [http://www.volcanmt.org/trails-maps]

Julian, CA

5.5 miles

I traveled up to Volcan Mountain Preserve this past winter with a group of friends. The preserve was a few turns past the main street in Julian. When we reached the junction of the 5 Oaks trail and the fire road, the preserve opened to a beautiful vista overlooking the Julian valley. We had the entire mountain to ourselves.  –Ashley Reese

Stonewall Peak, Cuyamaca State Park, CA
4.5 miles

My favorite easy hike around is Stonewall Peak in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  On a weekday it can be quiet, and it has among the best views in SD for an easy hike or trail run (less than 5 miles round trip with gradual switchbacks).  Great place to bring visitors in town to get a view of the desert and coastal mountains.  In the winter you can see snowcaps on the surrounding mountains while looking down at the desert, the Salton Sea, and further south into Mexico.  And, mountain lions!  Then, hit the Alpine Brewery on your way back to the beach for the best beer in the world.  San Diego!  -Matt O’Malley