Sand Castle Friday #6

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THE DRIBBLE SAND CASTLE

These are fun to make and only require your hands, some wet sand and imagination; no purchased tools necessary.

So what you do is first find an area just beyond the high-water line on the beach. This way you have wet sand but you don’t risk the waves constantly crashing it.

Gather up some wet sand in your hand, holding it with a fist and let the sand drip out from the space you make in your fist around your pinky finger. Keep building up the drips, making the area wider and taller and viola! You have an awesome castle after a while.

You could take a bucket, if you have one handy, and fill it with both sand and water and pull wet sand from there to dribble. Be sure, however, to let most of the water filter from your hand before dribbling sand or it will be too wet and you won’t get the clumpy texture on your castle.

Dribble Sand Castle making is one of those things you may practice with for a little while before mastering it, but it is easy to master in a short amount of time.  If you can sift dry sand from a fisted-hand, you can dribble wet sand to make a sand castle.

You can make Dribble Sand Castles on any beach. The sand doesn’t have to be a particular texture. I used to make these as a kid growing up with Ocean City MD sand. Later, raising my kids in Myrtle Beach SC, we would make Dribble Sand Castles with that finer sand, and again with the varying Sarasota FL sands. Dribble Sand Castles are awesome.

The current fad for relaxation and destressing is coloring books.  I think a better option for relaxation and destressing is sifting sand through your hand and making Dribble Sand Castles.  You can also simply keep a decorative bucket of sand in your house or office to sift through for relaxation; throw in a few small shells to play with and let your thoughts float.

I found this castle (pictured above) on a morning beach walk. It appears to have been overtaken by the tide on one side, although maybe the tide-side was really left undeveloped around the hole.  You never know. Morning beach walks are exciting, because you can find castle and sculpture remnants that keep you guessing.  I highly recommend morning beach walks.

Happy Sand Castle Friday. Will you make one this weekend?

 

How-tos.

Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches

There is a camaraderie among beach treasure hunters in Venice, Florida, that charms folks into returning over and over again.  Locals and repeat visitors are quick to lend a hand along with plenty of advice. Perfect strangers will plop a load or two of scooped up seashells onto the sand in front of you to get you started. I’ve seen more than one longtime treasure hunter simply pick up a shark tooth on the sand and gift it to someone they’ve never met before. Everyone has a system of finding the treasured shark teeth on the shores of Venice. Some of us have a whole beach bag full of how-tos.

Here are a few tips, tricks, and how-tos we’ve learned along the way. They’re all tried and true!

1.The Dig and Sift

The Dig and Sift is accomplished by simply reaching into the water to get the biggest portion of settled shells possible, then sifting through the seashells and fragments in hopes…

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Outside the crowd

I went to a sea turtle release at Henderson Beach State Park this morning with the family. The walk from our beach house rental was long, the sun was hot and the breeze was slight.
By the time we got there,  my husband, Gary,  positioned himself in the Gulf of Mexico with my camera.  I went with my guys to the tent to watch from that angle. Travis got close enoughto get photos.
I felt a rush of heat from sun and lack if breeze and needed to sit down so Austin went with me to the Pavillion where I cooled down. Shortly we headed back to the crowd but decided that standing at the top of the boardwalk steps gave us an awesome vantage to watch the turtle swim off so that’s where we stayed.. outside the crowd.
Moments later, a friend who I haven’t seen in at least three years stood right in front of me.  Georgeen Hess from Fairhope,

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and her family.  It was so sweet to see her in an unexpected place.
Moral of the story. ..move outside the crowd for delightful blessings may find you.

SKIM BOARD LESSON

I sat on the beach in Destin and watched 2 brothers try to learn the art of skim boarding. They tried and tried. Family laughed each time one fell or one failed.  Finally a teen in the group told them to go to the sandbar and try there, so they did.
They tried and they tried.
A group of guys were sitting nearby where the brothers were doing their best to succeed. One of the guys got out of his chair, ran over and gave them each a quick lesson before packing up his cooler and leaving the beach.
The brothers got it! Their family, sitting near me suddenly stopped laughing. Cheers.

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