The Battle of Hampton Roads

November 11th, 2019 – Safeway Route.

Today was another mild, foggy morning with no rain.  We got a few waves but didn’t find any roadkill or money.

But we did find Bob the Minion!   20191111-5Twelve bucks at Walmart.  Does that count?  Bob is easy to identify because “His cute face features one green eye, one brown eye and a mischievous little grin.”  The grin doesn’t look that mischievous, but he definitely has one green and one brown eye.  After a bath, he cleaned up well.

Another loser at the State Lottery.  20191111-8

But someone won big at the Point Casino and Hotel.  20191111-9She make a list of gifts for friends and family then tossed the list.  We put our names on the back in case she comes back for it.

We found a rhinoceros.  20191111-2Or it could be a triceratops.  We’ll put our money on an amoeba.

Ok, brace yourself!   20191111-10.pngNo, that’s it.  Just brace yourself.

We’ve found many hubcaps in all conditions. 20191111-7We’ve never found a metal one this badly mangled.  Goodwill probably won’t want it.  Recycled.  

We found the refuse of the Taco Time Tokus.  20191111-6Other than the cup, it had been thoroughly destroyed by traffic.

We didn’t find evidence of the McLitterers, but we did find six separate McMesses today.  20191111-1Today is Veterans’ Day.   We figure McDonald’s was giving out free mess kits in honor of our veterans.  Get it?  Mess kit?  We hate having to explain our jokes.  


November 12th, 2019 – Park-and-Ride Route.

This morning was another mild 47F.  However, it rained on our entire walk.  The rain isn’t really that bad when it’s this warm, more of an annoyance.  Again, we had a few waves but no roadkill and no money.  Not even a minion.

We did find a Higher Leaf Pot bag.  20191112-4But it was empty.

A ticket to the ferry from Port Townsend to Coupeville.  20191112-5.pngPurchased on 11/07/2019, expires on 02/06/2020, used on 11/07/2019 and littered on 11/12/2019.

Another license plate.  20191112-3You’d think the driver would hear it fall off.

An AriZona Green Tea bottle, about a quarter full.  20191112-2Three bucks at Walmart.


Hmm.  The liquid it the bottle we picked up was not this dark.  Wonder what it was?  Never mind, we don’t want to know.

We found another tool for our tool collection.  20191112-6A small wrench in very good condition.  Whoa, $31 bucks.  That’s an expensive wrench.

In August, we found these strange items20190828-3They had been there a few days and had been disturbed.  We picked them up.

Today, on an opposite corner of the intersection, we found two more.  20191112-1They look to have cornmeal in the terracotta plant trays.  One had four cigarette butts and roses.  The other had a cigar and onions.

We have no idea, but this one may be a reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Hampton Roads between the Monitor and the Merrimac.  20191112-8.pngThe Merrimac, on the left, would the the one with the four guns, or make that cigarettes and the Monitor would be the one with the big cigar.  Or maybe it’s aliens.


November 13th, 2019 – Safeway Route.

Today was mild, clear and dry.  We got a few waves and a light blink.  We also removed a roadkill rat from in front of the apartments on 112th Ave NE.

We also found a penny!  20191113-3.pngOkay, not much, but is was not very run over and still shiny.  We’ll take it.

This was a rare morning for us.  We saw a Waning Gibbous.  20191113-2How many of you were expecting a fading monkey?

20191113-10These are Gibbon Monkeys, not Gibbous Moons.  And they are not happy with your response.  Anyway, it was a nice moonset.

Later on our walk we saw a nice sunrise.  20191113-4No, no monkeys here.

We found a bicycler’s skull cap. 20191113-1We have no idea how the bicycler would accidentally lose the cap without the helmet.  Perhaps he got distracted by the Gibbous Monkeys.

We came across another needle.  20191113-9We only found the plunger and outer case.  No needle, though.

This was very disheartening.  On our walk toward Safeway we picked up the random bits of trash we found.  On the way back, we spotted something across the street on our outbound route.  20191113-8Someone tossed a Red Bull can and an empty 7-Eleven cup on the sidewalk.   They are taunting us.

We found a very large Ford hubcap.  20191113-7It was the biggest hubcap we’ve found but it was in very bad condition and got recycled.

After yesterday’s barrage of mess kits, the Taco Time Tocus resumed their relentless advance.  20191113-5We relentlessly picked it up.

The battle of Hampton Roads, between the Monitor and Merrimack continues.  20191113-6It appears the Monitor is getting the worst of the battle.  The crew is leaving in life rafts.


November 14th, 2019 – Park-and-Ride Route.

Another mild, foggy morning.  We got a random honk and no roadkill, but did find some money.  20191114-1A shiny quarter.

Also, a tool for our collection.  20191114-6Things are looking up.

At the park-and-ride, someone lost a camouflage blanket.  20191114-7Sorry, make that a “Fleece Plush Throw Blanket.”  Ten bucks at Walmart.  It’s actually part of a two-blanket set, so this is really five bucks worth.  Ok, a buck at Goodwill where it’s heading.

We found a skateboard just hanging around.  20191114-8The bear may have been run over, possibly by the skateboarder.  We left it on the barrier.  If it sticks around, we may take it to Goodwill.  We could try riding it, but it looks dangerous to us.  If we removed the wheels, it would still look dangerous to us.

Aaron tossed out some trash.   20191114-2An empty shopping bag from the Green Theory Pot Shop.

Aaron, just a friendly tip.  20191114-3When you litter, don’t leave the receipt in the bag with your name and telephone number on it.  By the way, we have registered your number with so other pot stores can easily contact you.  Just being helpful.

We are having a nice run on sunrises at the top of the hill. 20191114-4We’ll enjoy it while we can.  By the end of the year, it will be dark when we come by here.  And overcast.  Seattle has been named the nation’s gloomiest city.

In October of last year, we reached the top of Norway Hill exactly at sunrise, so we took a photo.  20181008-10

The Battle of Hampton Roads lasted two days and ended in a draw.  Our reenactment is now in day 3.  The crew has been abandoning the Monitor.    20191114-5But wait.  It appears the Monitor is equipped with some new technology.  But is it enough to turn the tides of war?  Stay tuned for the next installment.  Ok, it really may be aliens.


November 15th, 2019 – Safeway Route.

Today was another mild day but with light rain turning to heavy mist for the last half our walk.  The traffic and trash were very light and made for a fast walk.  We got random honks and a couple of waves, but found no money.  We did remove an eviscerated roadkill rabbit from the road.  And, no, we don’t want to describe it.

We found an irresponsible pet owner bag at the bottom of the Tolt Pipeline trail.  20191115-1Notice the well-trained rain drop on the right.  It takes well trained reflexes to catch a shot like this.  Well, ok, it could have been luck.

We haven’t found many doggy bags recently, probably since the weather has turned  cold.  Ok, so where do they do their business now?  Obviously not on our turf, for the most part.

We did find another tool for the tool collection. 20191115-4

Whoa!  New political signs.  20191115-2This happens to be one of our neighbors.  We generally grade the candidates on how quickly they remove their signs after an election.  So that means it is after the election.  Ok, we are one step behind.

The battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack continues  20191115-3The crew of the Merrimack are almost gone, and for good reason.  The the high-tech apparatus appears to have been a failure.  The last of the crew are leaving with only the captain and the big cannon onboard.  What will happen?


November 16th, 2019 – Riverside Drive.

Today we found no money  and no roadkill, but the weather was good.  Last evening the Puget Sound Convergence Zone converged on us.  This is not from last night, but it gives you the idea.  20191116-20We had a torrential downpour while we were not walking.

This morning was nice, about 45 F and no rain.  But last night’s rain washed a lot of trash down the drains and knocked more stubborn leaves off the trees.  It made for a fast Saturday walk for us, about three hours.

As per our norm, here is our glove collection for this week.  20191116-1We could start including ours and add 24 more per week, but we don’t get paid by the glove.  In fact, we don’t get paid at all for picking up trash.

We did find another tool for the tool collection.  20191116-3Ok, it was only a rusty drill bit, but it counts.

We may have found more McLitterer trash.  20191116-14The bag was neatly-tied but was torn open.  Nearby, we found two platters and a top, but not the unused condiments and utensils.  So we cannot confirm the identity.

We did find another Taco Time Tokus mess.  20191116-5At least they put the lids back on the sauce.  We prefer the McLitterers.  Well, we want neither, but prefer the McLitterers.

We found two cards on our walk.  20191116-7This is a student’s ID card from Northshore Middle School.  It was found about a mile from the school.  That’s a long way to stray during recess.  We could try to use it but the kid has different-color hair than we do.

We’ll return it to the school.

We also found someone’s National Park Lifetime Senior Pass.  20191116-4Of course, for seniors, it isn’t that long.  But this is worth about $80 to the owner.  We will try to track them down, but the handwriting on the signature is worse than mine, and I can’t read mine.

Early in our walk, we found a cheap pair of sunglasses.  20191116-6Not our style, so we’ll send them to Goodwill.

We also picked up an artistically-rendered shoe.  20191116-8When we get a picture like this, we call it artistically-rendered.  Goodwill can get more for an artistically-rendered shoe.  Too bad we only found one, they can charge more for a pair.

“Mirror, mirror on the ground, …”    20191116-9Never mind, this is getting overused.

Under the freeway was some candy. 20191116-16There were about 10 pieces left, but we’re not allowed to have candy before breakfast.

After four weeks in the ditch, the lime bike is out!  20191116-18We’ll see how long it stays here.

We did rescue a kid’s bike someone dumped in the bushes.  20191116-2This is the second one we’ve pulled out of these bushes and set by the side of the road.

The first one disappeared in a day.   20190622-13

This trailer is back.  20191116-15Before the road was paved, and this person had to move, he had a bird feeder outside.  20190727-14We didn’t see one today, though it was still dark.  We try not to shine our flashlights to much where people are camping.

A car belonging to another camper got smashed into.  20191116-12It was already in bad condition.  How does this happen on a straight, well-lit, freshly-paved road?

Walking along this stretch with a lot of parked vehicles, we search around the vehicles for trash.  A lady walking her dog called us over. 20191116-21She asked if we were looking in people’s cars and thought we looked suspicious.    We can’t disagree.  Anyway, she bought our story.   The reflective vests helped. Janet and she had a lengthy discussion about the seemingly hopeless homeless situation while Chuck continued diligently on the trashwalker route.

Does this count as distracted driving? 20191116-11Maybe this is what happened to the camper’s car?












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