Earlier this week we returned to the beautiful beaches of West Seattle for our second attempt at beach tire clean-up. The day started off perfectly, with sunny, 70-degree weather and very low tides. In the first hour out, we easily removed one large (320 lbs!) tire and rehomed one large Dungeness crab. Flush with our early success, we moved on to the next location. That’s where we encountered THE BEAST.
The Beast is an enormous tire – based on the weight of the first tire we removed, we estimated its weight at around 800 or 900 pounds. We later discovered that tires of this type are used on massive “earthmover” bulldozers, backhoes, and dump trucks. Sadly and ironically, the piece of land where The Beast dwells is part of a protected marine area — the Emma Schmitz Memorial Marine Preserve.
We battled with the Beast for several hours, digging it out of hard-packed clay, prying it out around the edges, and removing dozens of rocks, bricks, and more crabs (apparently crabs love tires) from its cavernous center. A Great Blue Heron watched us for almost the whole time – we’re pretty sure he was laughing at us. We were able to get some movement, but in the end it just wasn’t enough. The tide crept back in and we had to call it a day.
And so, the Beast lived to see another day. It may have the brawn, but we have the brains – and as Arnold Schwarzenegger would say, “We’ll be back.” (And come to think of it, we may need Arnold to get that thing off the beach…)