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High Flying Fun

Posted by Jody on July 14, 2018

Second Saturdays are all about colorful kites and family fun in Long Beach, Mississippi. There are plenty of kites on the beach for sharing or you can bring your own. Free kite flying lessons are available, as well.

Today’s weather was absolutely perfect for all shapes, sizes, and types, and it is always fantastic to see a splash of color in our sea of blue sky.

Here’s a look at today’s “Second Saturday Fun Fly.”

 

 

Y’all come on down and enjoy the brightly colored sky and breezes off the Mississippi Sound!

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Happy Independence Day!

Posted by Jody on July 3, 2018

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“I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks. It’s always fun.”     

~James Lafferty

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Celebrating Fathers Everywhere!

Posted by Jody on June 16, 2018

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Happy Father’s Day!

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

~Charles R. Swindoll, The Strong Family

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~ Happy Father’s Day to all! ~

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Mahogany Bay is the Complete Package! Isla Roatan, Honduras

Posted by E.G.D. on May 29, 2018

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The Private Carnival Cruise Port/Beach Playground of Mahogany Bay (Photo by E.G.D.)

Last week, to celebrate my younger sister’s doctoral graduation, the two of us and our parents (Jody and Greg) went on a very nice cruise.  In the first two ports of call, we had some very specific plans that involved shore excursions, which are basically paid day-trips to specific places.  The third port of call was Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras, and I am pleased to report that the port pretty much is the destination, and it is set up with everything a person needs for a fantastic day with no real need for any sort of paid extras.  They offer the paid extras, of course, but they’re really quite unnecessary if you happen to be a regular beach-goer who doesn’t mind short uphill walks.

First things first, the walk from the dock to the beach is short and scenic, and even if you have difficulty walking between things, the path is lined with chairs, benches, and hammocks that are free for anyone to use.  If you want to pay extra, you can take what amounts to a ski-lift down to the beach, but it seems a little silly unless you have difficulty walking or unless you really want to see the walkway from above.  Once you get to the beach, there are tons of beach chairs, and if you like, you can potentially pay for ones that have little canopies.  Again, the paid option seems a little silly, since there are seriously a whole lot of chairs, and you have your pick of sun or shade.

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Ample Seating at Mahogany Bay (Photo by Jody Diehl)

We went with shade, and we had a great view, as well as easy access to the beach and the snorkeling pier.

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Our Home Base at Mahogany Bay (Photo by E.G.D.)

Speaking of which, the beach and the snorkeling pier are delightful!  The facilities are abundant and clean (lots of showers and bathroom stalls), there is a life-guard manning the snorkeling pier, and the swimming area is clearly marked.

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The Lifeguard at the End of the Snorkeling Pier (Photo by Jody Diehl)

It’s really the complete package, even without extras!  If you bring your own snorkeling gear, the only place you might find yourself compelled to spend money is in the shops, which I have to admit are seriously awesome.  There’s a market that has stalls for local craftsmen, and we all found great, hand-made souvenirs, not to mention local, organic chocolate.

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The Snorkeling Pier at Mahogany Bay (Photo by Jody Diehl)

That being said, I would definitely recommend that if you find yourself in Mahogany Bay, you should leave the ship for the beach fairly early to claim your beach chairs and enjoy the day before the really roasting heat happens.  We went snorkeling three times, enjoyed the sandy beach, and took lots and lots of pictures well before the temperature spiked, and then we went back to the ship for lunch and a shower before we went back to do the above-mentioned souvenir shopping.

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Yes, the ships really are docked that close! (Photo by Jody Diehl)

Also, as you can see, by the time we left that first time, the beach was getting pretty crowded!  It’s a big enough beach with enough seating, though, that it wasn’t really a problem.

I suppose my point is that Mahogany Bay makes for a great day at the beach, and pretty much everything you need (or really, even want in our case) is included in the price of your cruise.  If you find yourself there someday, I strongly recommend that you check the place out and make your buying decisions after you see what is available to you at no extra charge.  It was a great way for us to kick off our summer beach season!

I hope your summer kick-off is equally beachy -E.G.D.

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Honoring Memorial Day

Posted by Jody on May 28, 2018

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“137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America’s most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed – it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy.”

~Doc Hastings

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Posted by Jody on May 13, 2018

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“A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”

— Unknown

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Edible Beach Treasures: A Seaside Smorgasbord!

Posted by E.G.D. on January 25, 2018

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Soaptree Yucca at Dusk (Bits of This Plant are Edible!)

Once upon a time, I lived in Honolulu, and I have a number of Hawaiian friends who were happy to find and eat raw sea creatures on day trips to the beach.  It’s part of the culture, though I have to admit, I found it a little bit yucky.  You see, while thousands of people worldwide associate beach trips with seafood, I happen to be a vegetarian.  The situation got me asking this question, though: what is a person to do when he or she is a vegetarian at the beach if he/she forgot to pack a picnic?  After a bit of research, I now know that depending on the time of year and the specific beach, a vegetarian might have even better luck foraging for food than the shellfish eaters!

Now, of course, some of these edible plants are all kinds of obvious, like coconuts when you’re in Hawaii (or other tropical islands/ archipelagos) or like shallow-water seaweeds when you’re in Japan.  Some of these things are less obvious, but are still quite easy to identify when you know what you’re looking for.  Here are some articles with great pictures that can help you locate, identify, and prepare these specially edible beach treasures:

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Edible Sea-grape.  Photo by Drew Danielson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

1. The first article is from Sanibel Sea School:

5 Edible Plants on Sanibel

Four of the plants are recommended for their fruits, and one for its leaves, and they all look delicious! If you’re planning a foraging expedition in Florida, this is the article for you.

2. The next article is by Real World Survivor:

8 Edible Wild Coastal Plants

This particular article is delightfully specific in its plant descriptions and recommendations for what bits a person should eat!

3. Our third article is actually more like a very long, detailed list!  DIY Wood Boat gives us the names and regions of a truly remarkable number of edible beach plants:

Edible Seashore Plants and Seaweed

It doesn’t give you much by way of pictures, but once you have the names and regions where the plants can be found, I’m confident you could google yourself some reference images!

4. Next is a UK specific article from Goeff’s Fungi & Foraging:

Coastal Plants

The article is informative, the reference images are lovely, and the author appears to be happy to answer specific questions about forageable beach plants, which is a really cool perk.

5. My last article selection is from Rhoscolyn Life:

Edible Coastal Flora to Look Out For

Seeing as Rhoscolyn is a British village, this one is also UK specific.  I especially like this article for its helpful tips about how best to prepare the various coastal vegetables.

To wrap things up, there are all sorts of edible leaves, seeds, and fruits on the seashores of the world, but please bear in mind that some are protected, like sea oats, and some can resemble other plants that are actually poisonous, like several varieties of berry.   Believe it or not, falling coconuts can also cause grievous bodily harm!  I suppose my ultimate conclusion is forage away, beachgoers, but know before you go.  Also, don’t forget to invite me to your picnic ^_^.

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Photo by Wmpearl (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons

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The Treasures of Winter Tides

Posted by E.G.D. on January 15, 2018

pins11Hello, beachgoers!  We’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve decided to bring it up again:  the dead of winter is a fantastic time for beachcombing.  I was perusing the internet today, and it seemed like every time I stumbled upon articles about the best beaches to visit in January and February, the writers of those articles were sending beachgoers to warmer climes either on/near the equator or in the southern hemisphere (where it happens to be summer).  It might seem weird for some, but I quite like having at least a couple of seasons in my year, and I’ve never thought it was less fun to visit a beach in the winter than to visit a beach in the summer.  Therefore, I was inspired to make a concerted effort, and I found a few great articles about finding treasures on the beach when/where it’s cold outside.  I’ve decided to share my finds with the Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches world!

The first article is from NCCoast.com (a website about the North Carolina Coast):

The Winter Beach – Shelling on the NC Coast

The article has fantastic advice about the best times to hit the beach, as well as advice about responsible shell collecting.

The second article is from CaptivaSanibel.com:

Best time for shelling on the islands comes during winter, extreme tides

I know the title seems to say it all, but the article is fantastic, and it quotes a true expert on the subject.

The third article is from chesapeakefamily.com:

Winter Beachcombing in Maryland

This article is a wealth of family daytrip advice that includes a list of great Maryland beaches to hit on cold winter days!

Don’t let the title of this last one from theislandermagazine.com fool you!  It talks about beachcombing Galveston island in all of the cold months:

Fall Beachcombing

What I quite like about this particular article is that it covers most all of my favorite treasures, including sea beans, shells, shark teeth, and sea glass.

I hope that gives everyone hiding from the cold indoors some food for thought.  Sometimes walking in a winter wonderland means day-tripping to your nearest beach.

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Merry Christmas from The Pass!

Posted by Jody on December 24, 2017

Snow on the beach in Pass Christian.

Merry Christmas from The Pass!

This was the fabulous wintery scene on Pass Christian’s beach earlier this month. I have no clue what this sandy guy’s name is but he shows up each year to wish everyone a Merry Christmas from “The Pass.” We’re always delighted to see him!

We wish you a Merry Christmas too!

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Last Minute Christmas Decorating and Gift Ideas from Our Beach Bag!

Posted by Jody on December 21, 2017

Last Minute Rush? No Worries!

Here are a few of seaside themed gift and decorating ideas we have stashed in our beach bag. We’ve supplied the links. Simply add your own touches and some imagination for fabulous giftable treasures!

How about some good old fashioned family seashell craft time with these Festive Seashell Caroler and Angel Ornaments? You’ll be making fabulous new memories and happily reliving your beach vacations at the same time. Just remember to keep some for yourself!

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Seashell Caroler and Angel Ornaments

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Do you know someone who could use the gift of a beach escape? This super cute desktop Zen Beach will do the trick: Get Away Every Day! Do-It-Yourself Mini Zen Beach ~

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Do-It-Yourself Zen Beach

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Children of all ages love gifting their own seashell creations! You can join in the fun by building on these grandkid-inspired ideas: Seashell Crafting for All Ages!

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Seashell Christmas Crafting with the Kids!

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Christmas cookies anyone? You can’t beat these yummy and Festive Sand Dollar Cookies. Better make extra because they won’t last through Christmas morning!

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Festive Sand Dollar Cookies

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Now, if you are really and truly out of time, try these super simple beachy tree baubles! You can’t go wrong when Mother Nature has already made your Christmas ornaments. Simply add pretty ribbon to your beach treasures and decorate your tree with natural beauty! (Rock Barnacles)

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Rock Barnacles as Christmas Ornaments

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

from all of us at Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches.com!

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Do you have any beach themed decorating or crafting ideas to pass along? We’d sure like to hear about them. We simply love to share!

Many thanks for visiting our little blog!

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