S is for Sand

It is amazing how sand varies around the world.

Even in one state, like Florida or even Hawaii, sand can vary from beach to beach. It is made from a variety of things: crush rocks eroded from mountains that have made their way downstream to the coast, lava rocks and coral pounded by ocean waves, shells worn down from wave action, dumped glass and pottery tumbled in the surf, housing materials broken by hurricane storm surge and taken to sea to be tumbled around for years to come by the waves.

I have found pottery shards, well-tumbled glass, worn-down chips of china dinner plates and tea cups (one has part of the manufactures name on it), brick pebbles and more.

Sand can be pink, black, brown, white and every shade in between. It is course with large grains or fine as flour.

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Sand blowing on a windy day at Gulf Shores

They all have advantages and disadvantages. Dark sands tend to hold the sun’s heat so be aware and wear shoes on these beaches. Even a grey sand, like Turtle Beach, FL, or a brown sand, like Ocean City, MD can be hot. White sands reflect the sun but compacted, like areas of Siesta Key public beach in Florida, can hold heat (my experience). Loose sands are tougher to walk in than fine sands. Fine sands, on a windy day, can damage electronic equipment (cameras) if the sand finds its way inside. And speaking of windy days, regardless of the sand, you’ll get sandblasted. The coarser the sand, they more you’ll feel it, but fine powery or sugary sand can rough up your skin, too.  Keep sunglasses on you and your children on windy days to avoid sand in your eyes.

I keep a collection of sand, something I started when I homeschooled so my boys could compare sands. Most I’ve collected but some I’ve had friends or family send to me.  If you collect sand, look on my Pinterest board for ideas on how to display it.dscn8461

What’s your favorite sand?

 

 

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10 Signs You Are A Beachaholic

The Huffington Post published an article this week titled “17 Signs You Are Addicted to the Ocean”.

Nice try but as usual I have to put in my 2 cents so here is my list of “10 Signs You Are Addicted to the Beach”:

  1. Your record collection and MP3 downloads are full of beach music
  2. Rainy weekends are spent watching old Frankie and Annette movies
  3. Your dining room centerpiece is a candle surrounded by seashells
  4. The only shoes in your closet are a dozen flip flops, a pair of workout shoes and something to wear to work.
  5. No matter how often you wash your clothes you still find sand in your pocket.
  6. Photo albums only contain photos of beach vacations
  7. Your bucket list is filled with coastal excursions
  8. The Christmas tree is decorated with seashells, star fish and hanging containers of sand
  9. You have a sand collection from all of the beaches you have ever visited.
  10. You are the only one in town with a surf board in your living room.(c) eileensaunders

OK..so I came up with one more:

11. Your beach bag is ready to go, year ‘round, on your car’s front seat, next to the shovel you may need in case of snow.

What are your signs of addiction?  I’d love to hear them.