by Julie Thunder
I first met Jerry and Jamie Shiller while I was jogging down Pipe’s Beach in Cardiff one morning. They were each carrying trash they had found and collected from the beach. I stopped to thank them for their efforts and noticed how enthusiastic they were about the trash they were carrying up to throw away. I knew right then that they are really good people, you know, the kind of people that make you want to do better yourself. Over the following weeks, I kept seeing them walking along looking for trash and I knew I had to share their story…
Jerry is an environmental geologist consultant, avid Boy Scout volunteer, and beer enthusiast. Jamie is retired from 40 years as an ICU nurse at UCSD. They have two grown children who both live out of state. A while ago, Jamie started walking along the beach and noticed the trash building up in some places, especially after a storm or high tide. Soon, Jerry joined her and they began their mission of “grabbing whatever trash they can carry back up the steps to a trashcan”.
Some notable trash hauls….
- Sony camera which they turned into the state park office and later found out it was returned to its owner;
- a “crisp dry $10 bill”;
- children’s toys, which Jamie will place in a safe but visible spot for the family to find, then she removes the toy and throws it away if it’s still there on her next visit;
- drinking straws, lots of them.
Another interesting thing about the Shiller’s is their home and the visitors that come by. They live on the east side of Crest Drive, overlooking a small wildlife corridor and El Camino Real and eastern view of our local mountains.
They have a large fountain in their backyard that attracts lots of wildlife. A pair of
If you see them walking along the beach, stop and say hello. And, and if you have the time, offer to help carry out their booty!