Posted by Jody on February 1, 2014
It’s all about the negative ions!
Originally posted on The Coastal Path:
How can I explain how pleased we were to be back at the coast? By submitting the photographic evidence!
The minute we arrived back at the coast Ben and Catherine, who are exceptionally good at arguing when they want to, started interacting on an entirely friendly basis. Wow! As I watched this rare moment of harmony a small judder of sheer pleasure passed through my body. It shot up into the clear blue sky like a firework as my two children engaged in happy discourse.
We quickly reached the groynes that lined the southern shores. Their bases were piled high with mini mountains of riprap. Instead of trudging around saltings and mudflats we were able to climb these massive boulders to reach giddy heights of celebration as we surveyed our beloved coastal landscape that spread itself out below us.
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Posted by Jody on February 1, 2014
It’s just another gorgeous day at the beach for this little critter!
Originally posted on ROLLING HARBOUR ABACO:
A GHOST CRAB’S DAY AT THE SEASIDE AT DELPHI, ABACO
Crabby the Crab lived amongst the greenery at the very back of the Delphi Club Beach
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Posted by Jody on February 1, 2014
I simply cannot wait to see what Alex does with these beauties!
She’s so very talented. Have a look. I’m sure you’ll agree!
Originally posted on Under A Topaz Sky:
A trip to Suffolk would not be complete these days without a visit to Southwold Pier and a nice comb along the beach. As I’ve said before, the massive loss of coastline north of Southwold makes the beach a wonderful spot for sea glass and other bits and pieces. We went on my birthday (Christmas Eve) and although it was bitterly cold and the tide was coming in, I still managed a bit of a trawl through the shingle and came away happy with these little beauties.
I can’t resist a nice ring pull and my husband spotted the wonderfully soft, fuzzy piece of pottery. But this was the prize, the bottom of a slender glass bottle.
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Posted by Jody on January 15, 2014
Our family really loves the Venice, Florida area. In fact, I would describe Venice, also known as “The Shark’s Tooth Capital of the World,” as one of our absolute favorite playgrounds.
There’s just so much for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to do in Venice. It’s a designated “Bicycle Friendly Community” where you can ride bikes along the Intracoastal Waterway and over to the more secluded Casperson Beach. You might also want to pedal to the South Jetty where splashing dolphins frolic against the brilliant Florida Gulf Coast sunset. You can relax and enjoy lunch, with superb service, at Sharky’s on the Pier (Greg and I still try to duplicate their Boathouse Salad at home!). You can swim, kayak, beachcomb, bird watch, and walk the beaches to your heart’s content. The best thing of all though, is that beachcombers can “pick your own” prehistoric shark teeth that pepper the sandy shoreline.
Prehistoric Shark Teeth
Located in Sarasota County, the City of Venice is perfectly situated on the Gulf of Mexico, an easy-breezy one hour drive south of Tampa.
Venice Resident, A Great Blue Heron
Venice doesn’t brag of sugar-white sand beaches. You won’t find dozens of name brand, highrise hotels lining the coast. And you definitely will not see a lot of flashy souvenir and t-shirt shops at the seashore. But what you most likely will find are some of the friendliest folks you’ll come across anywhere and great souvenir prehistoric shark teeth to take home with you.
Don’t think you need any fancy-schmancy equipment to collect prehistoric shark teeth. On our first visit to the area, we asked our hotel desk clerk if there was any secret to finding shark teeth at the beach. Perhaps something only the savvy locals would know? She smiled and ever-so-politely replied: “Just look down.” So, we followed her advice. It’s that easy!
Do you have a favorite shoreline where you find shark teeth?
Please feel free to leave a comment. We’d like to hear your own thoughts and tips on Venice beach ~ or any beach!
City of Venice, Florida
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
Discover Natural Sarasota County
Sharky’s on the Pier
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Posted by Jody on January 10, 2014
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
~Henry David Thoreau
Kick off your shoes!
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Posted by Jody on January 8, 2014
Warm Winter Wishes!
Don’t forget your hat!
“Snowman” created by Courtney of San Diego State University.
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Posted by Jody on January 3, 2014
Originally posted on Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches:
What will you find on Waikiki Beach? Surfers, sunsets and sea glass!
World famous Waikiki Beach, once the favored playground of Hawaiian royalty, is one of my all-time favorite beaches for its scenery and sea glass collecting. Waikiki Beach’s beautiful, clean white sands stretch for nearly two miles from the Hilton Hawaiian Village to the iconic Diamond Head crater. The entire sandy strand has smaller named stretches of beach. Beginning near the Hilton Lagoon (a very tame place for a family swim) they are: Kahanamoku Beach, Fort DeRussy Beach, Gray’s Beach, Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach Center, and Queens Beach.
Waikiki Sea Glass, Oahu Hawaii (©Jody Diehl)
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Posted by Jody on December 21, 2013
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating;
there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”
The Crystal Pier Hotel Cottages at Pacific Beach
Do you see what I see?
Yep, that’s a Christmas tree way out there on the end of Crystal Pier!
On the Pier at Pacific Beach
Greetings from the Rotary Club!
… and from the Pacific Beach (aka: P. B.) Town Council
Someone else who didn’t seem to mind the rain!
Merry Christmas from Pacific Beach!
Looking Toward Pacific Beach and Mission Beach from Crystal Pier
Ever-funky Pacific Beach, California, was unusually sleepy on the recent stormy afternoon that Greg and I visited. The three mile long (typically lively) boardwalk was as quiet as it could be. The soft sands were completely deserted, and the famous Crystal Pier didn’t entertain even one fisherman. Only a smattering of the customary wet-suited surfers were braving the gray waves.
Dodging bands of frigid rain to reach the end of the pier (heading out and turning back a number of times), we finally decided to just make a run for it. It was well worth it! The Crystal Pier offers fantastic views of the surrounding Southern California beaches and coastline, no matter the weather.
♫ Seems it sometimes rains in Southern California! ♫ San Diego actually has only 42+/- days of rainy weather each year, leaving a whopping 323 days for somewhat less soggy fun at the beach!
Lightning Safety at the Beach
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