I had first met the amazing couple behind Natural Restorations a while back. Blaine and I were hiking along the Salt River and they were cleaning it up. Blaine and I offered to help them while they worked tirelessly. For some reason, this area is always pretty trashed. We have since become friends with Justin and Nicole, running into them at Arizona Trail Days last year and talking online. When we find dump sites, we let them know, etc. They are passionate about the environment and they deeply care about the world around them. They really dedicate themselves to Arizona, in particular, the Arizona Trail. Anyway, I am rambling.
We were excited to go to a clean up at the Salt River a few weekends ago and see Justin and Nicole again! We were joined by our friends Adrienne, Erik and their cutie pie.
Everyone worked so hard to clean up the river and help clean up the massive amounts of trash. The river looked really different than it typically does. I am in this area a lot and the landscape does look drastically different due to a flash flood that occurred recently. That flood also did wash up a lot of excess debris that needed to be cleaned up.
Blaine was super cute and he is very into Leave No Trace. I love taking him to clean ups. I am a big believer in teaching children to be stewards of our land.
Look at this beautiful group picture! What an amazing turn out! Please consider donating to Natural Restorations so they can continue to host clean-ups and continue to do such good things. Also, follow them on Instagram!