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Loving Lewes Beach, Delaware

Posted by E.G.D. on August 14, 2017

Today’s featured guest writer is Audrey Dautenhahn.

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Photo courtesy of Audrey Dautenhahn

While I was born in the southwest, I grew up visiting various California beaches and experiencing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean. Now, I live in the northeast, and I’m getting to explore an entirely different set of seashores. Lewes Beach in Delaware is fabulous–so fabulous, in fact, that I only managed to snap a couple of photos!

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Photo courtesy of Audrey Dautenhahn

Our idea to visit the shore was not original, and the beach was busy on a Saturday morning in the middle of summer, but we found a nice spot to place our umbrella. A sandbar extended out from the shoreline, and my kids could wade out several yards from shore. We enjoyed watching the Cape May Lewes Ferry make trips over to New Jersey, and wagons would pass by, offering water ice for sale. (We took them up on their offer, and it was delicious.)

This is a really nice family beach, and I know that we will return. (But first, there are more beaches to visit!)

About today’s featured guest writer:  Audrey Dautenhahn is a freelance writer and super-mom home school teacher.  She is passionate about writing urban fantasy love stories like her novel, Look and See, which was released in 2015, and she is currently working on the second book in her Acts of Valar series.  She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and four children.

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Independence Day the Gulf Coast Way!

Posted by Jody on July 4, 2017

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You have to love a nation that celebrates its Independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”
~Erma Bombeck

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We’re going to need a bigger shovel!

Posted by Jody on June 22, 2017

 

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Tropical Storm Cindy sure left a mess behind on our coastal beaches! Today, in South Mississippi, we still have lines of thunderstorms passing through, flash flood warnings posted, and a tornado watch in effect. Parts of the beachside highway are blocked due to sand coverage and many parking areas along the seawall fenced off by the county. Luckily, we were able to find a place to pull over and hop out for a quick look at one of the beaches in Biloxi this afternoon.

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The aftermath of Tropical Storm Cindy on the beach in Biloxi, Mississippi..

 

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Row of rental chairs buried in the sand.

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I’m guessing we can negotiate a discount on these!

 

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We’re going to need a bigger shovel!

Here’s one!

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MDOT Sand Clean-up Crew

We didn’t expect to see this little guy:

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Is anyone missing their pet turtle?

Cindy had a peculiar sense of humor.

She left this behind:

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Seriously?? “The CYCLONE!”

It’s with a great big sigh of relief that we say, “So long, TS Cindy!”

 

 

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Celebrating Father’s Day

Posted by Jody on June 18, 2017

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!”

~Albert Einstein

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Honoring Flag Day USA

Posted by Jody on June 14, 2017

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The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing is written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history.” 

~Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

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Happy Mother’s Day, y’all!

Posted by Jody on May 14, 2017

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I’ve never considered myself a “birder” before. Don’t get me wrong – I certainly know a Road Runner from a Robin. And I can identify a male Cardinal by it’s brilliant red color and conspicuous crest. In the past, I’ve been known to enjoy watching the Harris’s Hawks nesting in our front yard tree in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and get downright excited spying an Osprey triumphantly returning to it’s nest with a freshly caught dinner in Nokomis, Florida. But, how many eggs were likely to be found in the Harris’s Hawks’ nest, and how long did the Ospreys’ eggs take to hatch?  I hadn’t a clue.

The thing is, since moving to our little beach house on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I’m starting to understand a little more about how someone gets hooked on bird watching. I’m not talking just a little hooked – I’m talking really hooked!

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Not too long ago, on a morning walk along our beach, we ran across a few scattered orange marker flags indicating nests of what we assumed were Least Terns. The little coastal critters are pretty well known in these parts. We’ve spotted the permanently marked nesting areas on the beach near Biloxi, and we have noticed the sign on Highway 90 designating a section of the roadway “Judith Toups Least Tern Highway.” In fact, we encountered a very active Least Tern nesting colony complete with helpful Audubon Society volunteers in Sarasota County (FL) last summer. So it was pretty clear what was happening on our beach! We had an actual Least Tern nesting colony forming right there, not more than a couple blocks from our beachy hideaway.

To date this particular colony has had its ups and downs. According to the American Bird Conservancy website: “The Least Tern has two big problems. It prefers sandy beaches for nesting—the same kinds of places that people love to visit. And, because it nests on the ground, it’s vulnerable to attacks by cats, dogs, and other predators, which can destroy a significant portion of a colony’s eggs and chicks.” We have had a couple big rain storms resulting in nests being covered by windswept sand. Yet we remain hopeful that the little colony on our beach survives and flourishes in the weeks and months to come.

The area is now roped off and signage has been placed. Hubby and I are planning on joining the Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship effort by becoming active volunteers.  I may be a real live birder when next we meet. I’ll keep you posted!

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In the meantime, you can learn more about the Least Terns on the Mississippi Gulf Coast here.

 

 

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Montego Bay, Mon!

Posted by E.G.D. on April 12, 2017

“Doctor’s Cave, Montego Bay Jamaica, mon! It’s our beach break and day two of snorkeling!” Jody wrote on 4/10.

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Doctor’s Cave, Montego Bay! Photos copyright Jody Diehl

As I mentioned in the last post, Jody and Greg are off on a fabulous beach cruise, and it looks like they had all kinds of fun on the beaches and in the water of Jamaica.  As always, Jody’s capturing the fun on camera.

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Pretty amazing, right?  According to http://www.doctorscavebathingclub.com/ :

“The facilities are excellent. The club has well kept changing rooms, showers and lavatories…  Beach chairs, umbrellas and lilos can be rented daily, the beach is manicured every morning and the translucent waters which the doctors recognized as buoyant and invigorating have not changed.”

The “have not changed” bit is referring to the beach’s 100 year history and the fact that a doctor in the 1920s wrote an article about the beach’s “curative powers.”  In each its own way, any good beach has curative powers, right?  It’s good for the soul!  This looks like an exceptionally refreshing beach ^_^.

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How to Sneak in an Extra Beach

Posted by E.G.D. on April 11, 2017

Hello, beachgoers!  Greg and Jody are off on another one of their grand adventures, and true to form, they actually found an extra beach to visit in transit to a cruise that will be stopping at a large number of fabulous beaches.  Did you know that Cypress Point Park is walk-able from TPA (Tampa International Airport) and a good number of the airport hotels?  Granted, Google Maps says it could take a person an hour on foot from the airport.  For those of you who would rather do your walking on the actual beach, there’s a bus you can catch from the terminal for $2 each way.

It would appear it’s a lovely location for kicking around at the beach (albeit without your canine friends), as well as plane spotting!  According to Tampagov.net, “Cypress Point Park is a relatively undiscovered treasure with a beautiful beach. The park includes a .90-mile asphalt trail and .44 miles of nature trails. Cypress Point Park provides visitors with stunning sunsets, gorgeous beach walks, dunes, beach wildflowers, and fishing opportunities. Park amenities include a bus stop, ample parking, ADA accessibility, bicycle racks, benches, a boardwalk, a canoe launch and picnic pavilions.”

So, ladies and gentlemen, if you have a layover in Tampa and you don’t feel like spending hours and hours inside an airport, you now know that you have the option of popping out for a quick beach trip!  I don’t know about you, but when I’m flying long distances, I’ll take any excuse to stretch my legs, and there’s no better place to do that than a good beach.

Do you know any good escape-the-airport layover beaches?  We’d love to hear about them!  Please drop us a line in the comments, and if we get a good response, I’ll patch together an airport-beaches list for the site.  In the meantime, have a great day, hopefully at the beach.

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Return of a Treasure Hunter!

Posted by E.G.D. on March 11, 2017

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Ken Muise, who last wrote us a post in 2015!  Congratulations on the beach-move, Ken, from all of the Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches treasure hunters (all of whom have moved to the beach since starting this website ^_^.  We totally get it!).

Finally…I Moved to that Beach! (Well, Near it…)

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Ken Muise, Our Featured Guest Writer

Hello to all the beach lovers once again!

Nearly 2 years ago I wrote a guest post here on BT&TB about how much I loved looking for sea shells on Makaha Beach on the west coast of Oahu.  Well, here it is:  I’m retiring from the military at the end of March and I am actually moving about 400 yards away from that beach!  It’s a condo/beach community called Makaha Surfside.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not rich.  I just happened to luck into a 500 sq ft condo that is everything that I ever wanted.  It’s a great deal.

So, in the last two years, what have I been doing on Oahu?

Going to the Beach- 

LOL.  Seriously, I think there are only a few beaches on the island that I haven’t been to.  If you’ve been to Oahu then you know that it’s kind of a feat!  Makaha is still one of my faves.

Visting the Beaches on the other Hawaiian Islands- 

I’ve been to beaches on Maui, Big Island, and Kauai at this point.  I’m here to tell you…it’s paradise!  One of my favorite spots in the state is the beach that is part of the Marriott Kauai Resort.  Man, it’s beautiful!

Still Snorkeling-

I have a couple different snorkel gear review sites online now and things are going really well.  One of my favorite moments of my life was when my girlfriend and I got into the water at Honaunau on the Big Island and within 90 seconds we were swimming, watching and filming an entire pod of dolphins.  It was awesome!  Especially since so many visitors pay an arm and a leg to “swim with dolphins” while there on vacation.  Check out my video…EPIC!

I really wanted to come back and say “thanks” to everyone at BT&TB for letting me guest post waaaay back in July of 2015.  Something the military taught was to never fail to show gratitude where it’s meant.  So, if you’re ever on Oahu…please hit me up and you’ll always have a couch to crash on…100 feet from the beach.

About the Author:  Ken Muise is an active-duty (almost retired) soldier stationed on Oahu.  He owns and runs a snorkel gear review site as well as a move to Hawaii blog.  When Ken isn’t working he is usually snorkeling or upset when he can’t go snorkeling.  Much to the chagrin of those around him, Ken calls himself a “world class snorkeler” and believes he does it better than most.

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Pismo Beach Prize

Posted by Jody on January 30, 2017

Today’s Featured Guest Writer is Jacqueline Downs.

On a recent trip to Pismo Beach with my 7 year old granddaughter, I found a large shark tooth on the shore while shell seeking. I have being a shell seeker for many, many years up and down the California coast and have never found a shark tooth. Actually I have never really searched for shark teeth. I was extremely excited to find it while searching for sand dollars.

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Shark Tooth from Pismo Beach, California

I found the shark tooth on the beach close one of the beach stairways north of the pier.  I thought it was a nice rock, but behold it was a great surprise. The tooth is a little larger than a quarter.

Photo by Jacqueline Downs

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I’m thinking that maybe the tooth came out of the sea wall cliffs at the beach. California has had the a lot rain lately and maybe some erosion.
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“Looks kind of old. Kind of like me” ~ We doubt that, Jacqueline ! 🙂

 

~Many thanks to Jaqueline for sharing her beach treasure with us! We are so happy that she sent along such fabulous photos of her very special find. Any day at the beach with a granddaughter is wonderful. Finding such a spectacular prize together makes it all the better!

Related Links: Pismo Beach, California (Official Site)

Pick Your Own Prehistoric Shark Teeth (Venice, Florida)

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