Thank you for your service, veterans! Here’s hoping you can take some time today to relax on a beach ^_^. You’ve earned it- From The Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches Team (including Greg, who happens to be a U.S. Navy veteran)
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Posted by Jody on November 11, 2015
Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015
Such a shame.
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge theme is “Careful.”
Posted by Jody on October 23, 2015
If you’re a beach lover visiting the San Diego area, Coronado Beach certainly needs to be on your “to-do” list! Better yet, make Coronado your destination and have San Diego be the extra thing “to-do.” Coronado Central Beach is one of the most spectacularly wide stretches of soft golden sand we’ve ever visited. It’s definitely worth the trip. And that trip gets even better if you take the 15-minute Coronado Ferry ride across the bay from San Diego’s Broadway Pier.
Coronado’s pristine Central Beach lies along Ocean Boulevard where you just might find free parking – if you don’t choose the ferry ride. You’ll have to be an early bird (or just really, really lucky) to get a nearby parking spot on the weekend. Public restrooms are available and helpful, friendly lifeguards are on duty into the evening hours.
Beach accessible wheelchairs are available to the public, free of charge, at the Central Beach Lifeguard Tower.
Coronado Beach is a great family beach. Even Fido is welcome at the far north end of the strand.
We joined a few folks who were busy tide pooling at the riprap in front of “The Del” during low tide. Little bitty sand dollars were the prized beach treasures on this absolutely gorgeous October day.
~~~ Have a great day at the beach! ~~~
Posted in Sand and Shoreline, Southern California Beaches, Tide Pools | Tagged: beach, beach photography, beachcombing, Coronado California beach, San Diego beachcombing, San Diego coast, sand dollars, Southern California tide pools | 5 Comments »
Posted by Jody on July 13, 2015
“There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower and I see every one”
~Harry Chapin, Flowers Are Red
Posted by E.G.D. on July 6, 2015
Some of you regular readers out there are probably a little Sylvan Beach-ed out by now, but I just keep having more to say about it! For one, I’m there every chance I get, and for another, many of La Porte’s awesome community events take place there. The one I’m featuring in this article is the yearly 4th of July fireworks at the beach, which are truly spectacular because they’re fired from the end of the fishing pier and the lights shine twice: once in the sky, once on the water. Even better, for about half an hour before our fireworks started, I could see the Baytown and Seabrook community fireworks displays, which also shone on the water, though a little farther away to the north and south respectively.
Now, once upon a time I could see fireworks displays over the Pacific Ocean any weekend I felt like walking or catching a bus to Waikiki, so you’d think I might lose my fascination for this sort of thing, but that most certainly isn’t the case. There really is nothing more enchanting than seeing fireworks over the water with my toes in the soft sand and the waves lapping at my ankles, and the charm increases exponentially with the brevity of the walk it takes to get me there (in this case, it’s 7 minutes, so I am still exuding glee 24 hours later). I got a couple decent little videos with my cell, and I thought it would be fun to share them with the wonderful Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches crowd. Here’s the clip with the finale:
Even in low-resolution, it’s pretty spiffy, and it’s amazing the video turned out so well, considering I paid absolutely no attention to the camera while I was watching that. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event! I quite literally extended invitations to the event to my family already, even though none of them know where they’re going to be next July. In any case, the event is worth sharing, so I hope they can all make it.
I hope you all had a great Independence Day, and hey, it’s summer! If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, go find yourself a beach- E.G.D.
Posted by Jody on July 3, 2015
Today’s Featured Guest Writer is native New Yorker Maggie Soukeras.
Greetings from Long Island New York!
Summer is upon us and its time for pools, bbq’s and the beach!
After the long and cold winter it has been great to be able to get outside – take long walks on the beach and start collecting shells again!
A favorite pass time of mine from childhood and into middle age – collecting shells has been both relaxing and exciting at the same time. It is like a treasure hunt that can bring you into an almost Zen like state during the search!
My long time haunts have been on the beaches of Long Island. As a Pisces I could not imagine growing up anywhere but near the Ocean. Point Lookout and Long Beach were always the places that I have visited and you can find some great shells. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes requires a little work! This fall I found a sand dollar for the first time ever on a Long Island Beach!
I have also had success on Shelter Island. It has been a while since I have been there but we found some great stuff kayaking out to this little island with an abandoned home.
If you like rocks – the north shore of the island is rockier than the south shore. Head out east – visit the beaches, farms stands, and plethora of wineries!
Off Long Island, my favorite hunting spots have been on Eagle Beach in Aruba, Bermuda, St.Barts, Barbados (Maxwell Beach) and Florida! My dream is to make it to Sanibel Island, though I fear I may need to bring an extra bag for all of the shells I imagine I would find there!
To all of the happy shellers out there – keep looking – you are never too old or young to go hunting for shells!
Enjoy the summer!
A note from our Treasure Hunters:
We simply love to share when it comes to beaches, treasure hunting, beachcombing crafts, and beachy tips. How about you? Do you have a favorite beach you’d like to share with us? Maybe you have some great tips for beach picnics, seaside safety, or seashore activities. Please check out our Submission Guidelines for info on jumping into the fun at Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches. You may be our next Featured Guest Writer!
Posted in Atlantic Coast Beaches, Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Featured Guest Writer, Seashells | Tagged: beach, beachcombing, Long Island New York, Maggie Soukeras, Point Lookout Beach New York, sand dollars | 5 Comments »
Posted by E.G.D. on May 6, 2015
I’ve been hearing stories about Sylvan Beach Festival since I started working in Pasadena in January 2014, and when the banners went up around La Porte in the early spring, I was pretty excited! The town sent out pamphlets with information about who would be performing on the stage, the town’s tiny monthly newspaper rejoiced, and I made plans to go on Saturday 4/25.
I was therefore, not unnaturally annoyed when I woke up to a violent lightning storm that lasted straight through the scheduled time for the parade. As you can tell from the photo above, though, by 1:00 in the afternoon the weather had changed its mind, and there was barely a cloud in the sky! Granted, the water was more brown than I have ever seen it, and the waves were actually crashing! Seriously. Crashing! In the bay! I have never seen the like at Sylvan Beach, and let me tell you, the 40-or-so kids who were playing in the swells were having the time of their lives.
A few feet away from the beach, the festival was in full swing by the time I arrived, with stalls selling pretty much everything, midway rides, cooking competitions, live country music, and a cook-off.
The music was pretty good, though I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of country. The stage was right on the water, so even with the amps booming, everyone in the audience could hear the crashing waves mixed in with the instrumentals ^_^.
I didn’t actually do anything at the midway, but I did take a picture:
It reminded me a lot of state and county fairs I’ve been to. It was fun, and it was worth the $5 admission fee. Normally, the beach is free, but normally the beach doesn’t have live music and a midway. I’m definitely going to the festival again next year, and maybe next year I’ll get to see the parade ^_^. -E.G.D.
Posted by E.G.D. on March 29, 2015
The weather here on the Texas gulf coast has been absolutely stellar lately, and I am pleased as punch to have a beach easy walking distance from my home. Not unnaturally, one of the best parts about having a beach right next door is sharing that beach with my friends and family. Now, I realize that I have posted about Sylvan Beach before, but yesterday’s Sylvan Beach experience is worthy of note because my sister (and noted doctor of geo sciences), Kristie, decided to start a tiny rock collection, and of course the kids, my friend Travis (of guest posting fame) and I joined in with gusto!
Now, between the five of us, we had a really substantial collection going… but because we were collecting tiny, tiny treasures, the pile was small enough to easily fit into the palm of, say, Oona’s kindergardener-sized hand. Kristie thought that a collection of tiny rocks would be much easier on the movers when next she moves than, say, the truly substantially-sized rock collections she and her fellow geologist husband have accumulated over the years (“What’s in these boxes, anyway, rocks?!??” … “Um… actually…”), and I must agree, though I don’t think she and Ryan have any intention of ditching the larger rocks along the way. Anyhow, fun, right? We found some really good treasures. Behold!
They’re colorful, they’re cute, and they’re smooth and shiny from being tumbled in the bay. Also, we really enjoyed collecting them, and I have resolved to find a tiny salt shaker to put them in for display.
The moral of the experience? One beach-goer’s large grain of sand is another beach-goer’s new tiny rock! Have a great day, preferably at the beach ^_^ -E.G.D.
Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Gulf of Mexico Beaches | Tagged: beach, beach agate collecting, beachcombing, Galveston Bay, Sylvan Beach, Texas Gulf Coast beach, tiny treasures | 4 Comments »
Posted by E.G.D. on February 21, 2015
Aloha, Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches world! I know a good many of you have been asking “Hey, why haven’t Jody and Greg been posting as often?” It is time for the big reveal: they were super-busy getting their business affairs in order so that they could go on the cruise of a lifetime! Of course, now that they’re actually on said cruise, we all get to enjoy the fruits of their labor through their quite delightful photographs. Behold! Cabrillo Beach:
Have a great day, preferably at the beach- E.G.D.
Posted by Jody on February 9, 2015
Greg and I recently spent some time at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Magic Kingdom was more crowded than we had ever seen it. Spending time with family was wonderful, but I’d bet you can guess where the real magic happened!
Here’s a look:
It was at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort! That’s my kind of magic!