When Matt Bays woke up his son and took him to the beach one Sunday morning last year, he knew his son would learn a lesson or two about the environment, but he didn’t know he’d enjoy it so much.
After all, how much fun can picking up trash be?
Well, if you join the YMCA’s Dolphin Nation’s annual beach cleanup Sunday, you might find out.
Like Bays’ son, 8-year-old Carter, it’s all in how you look at it. After Carter and hundreds of other father-and-son pairs crowded the sand north of the Balboa Pier and listened to local experts talk about pollution at the beach and what they should hunt for in the sand, Carter and his friends were off.
“He was finding all kinds of trash, it became a kind of competition among him and his friends,” the Costa Mesa father said. “He was fired up, he had never thought anything about [pollution] before ... He’d find Styrofoam and yell at me, ‘Dad! I found Styrofoam!’ ”