Help celebrate World Cleanup Day by helping to clean a stretch of Highway 99. We mean the stretch that runs two miles from Elkhorn Boulevard to Elverta Road, of course -- the stretch Sac-area freethinkers "adopted" in July 1995. Since then we've cared for it, nurtured it, lovingly rescued it from litter and debris, and received recognition for our work. As one of our more successful civic efforts, it proves freethinkers can also serve the community.
So enjoy a morning commune with nature, and do a deed for the environment and local area wildlife. The refuse we collect would otherwise ultimately be swept by the rain into tributaries and into the ocean, degrading habitat, and leading to a slow death for many sea creatures.
Also, the things you might find ...! Over the years volunteers have recovered many highly esoteric items: lacy undergarb, erotic equipment, drug paraphernalia, even $100 bills -- yo, we don't kid, actual C-notes littered amid the highway detritus! -- and even stranger things. We are too delicate to say ... we blush, we drop our eyes ... but we promise, surprises always await.
As usual, the stalwart activity captain will provide all safety equipment, including comfortable, natty hard-hats and gloves, stylish safety vests, collection bags, and handy trash pickers. The cleanup takes a scant two hours. Please dress for the season. It may be a good idea to bring a backpack or fanny-pack to carry 3 or 4 trash bags.
To get there, travel north from Sacramento on I-5, past the old Sleeptrain Arena. Take the "Highway 99 - Yuba City, Marysville" exit. Exit at Elkhorn Boulevard less than a mile north. Turn left, cross the overpass. Park in the park-&-ride lot if possible, or somewhere near it.