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?