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Posted by Jody on June 1, 2016
Posted by Jody on March 6, 2014
Just in case you missed it, there’s even more good news for beachcombers!
First wine, and now chocolate for sun protection… It keeps getting better and better.
As if we needed another reason to eat chocolate: German researchers have shown that ingesting types rich in cocoa solids and flavonoids—dark chocolate—can fight skin cancer! Their findings are only preliminary because they come from a trial of just 24 women who were recruited to add cocoa to their breakfasts every day for about 3 months. (Why, oh why, wasn’t I one of them?)
…Moreover, after 12 weeks of consuming the flavanol-rich cocoa, the women’s skin was 16 percent denser, 11 percent thicker, 13 percent moister, 30 percent less rough, and 42 percent less scaly than it was at the beginning of the experiment. Although the mechanism for most of these benefits remains unclear, the Düsseldorf researchers suspect that improved blood flow was a contributor. (Source: ScienceNews.org)
I only have one question: Where do I sign up for the next study?
Hmmmmm. Wine, chocolate…Would you like to have a guess as to what the next study might involve? 😉
I’ll skip the botox! Please pass the chocolate!
Check it out: Chocolate as Sunscreen
Posted by Jody on October 22, 2013
Aloha! This is some really wonderful information from one of my favorite sites.
Stay safe & have a great day at the beach! ~Jody
(The following article courtesy National Weather Service Honolulu Office Website )
Hawaii’s Ocean Awareness Week: October 21st – 25th, 2013
Weather and surf are distinguished by two distinct seasons in Hawaii. The surf seasons generally follow the seasonal changes in the weather pattern across the North-Central Pacific Ocean. The dry season in Hawaii runs from May through September, while the wet season runs from October through April.
During the dry season, long period south swells are most common. These swells are generated by storm systems churning away in the southern hemisphere to the east of Australia and New Zealand. Two distinct zones of storm generation are favorable for south swell development. The most favorable location is in the area just east of New Zealand, while a second less consistent area is located between Australia and New Zealand. The south swells travel nearly…
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Posted in Beach Safety Tips, Beaches of The Hawaiian Islands | Tagged: beach, Hawai ‘ i Ocean Awareness Week, Hawaii, Hawaii beach safety tips, National Parks of the Pacific Islands, National Weather Service, NOAA, Waves | 2 Comments »
Posted by E.G.D. on July 23, 2013
Yesterday, Mom (A.K.A Jody) sent me some really remarkably fun info for today’s “Tuesday Tally.” Apparently, Australia has a slogan and a media campaign to encourage people to protect themselves from sun damage, and I would venture to say that they’ve made the whole information distributing process a heck of a lot of fun!
Let’s start with the slogan: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide.
That, my friends, is some incredibly fun alliteration, and it trips nicely off the tongue. Seriously, try saying that ten times fast! And how about getting your kids to say it ten times fast? This slogan can easily be turned into a game, and it will help everyone remember the following 5 tidbits of vital sun protection advice (from the Sunsmart website):
- Slip on some sun-protective clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
- Slop on SPF30+ sunscreen – make sure it is broad spectrum and water resistant. Apply 20 minutes before you go outdoors and reapply every two hours.
- Slap on a hat that protects your face, head, neck and ears.
- Seek shade.
- Slide on some sunglasses – make sure they meet Australian Standards.
Advice can’t get any sounder than that! Also, there is an adorable animated ad you can check on the website. It features a catchy jingle and a sun-smart duck. What’s not to love?
Apparently, the American Cancer Society has also jumped on the bandwagon, but they opted to break the alliteration series with a non-alliterative rhyme: “Slip! Slop! Slap! And Wrap,” they write on their website. I must say, that is A) not nearly as cool as the original and B) way too heavy on the exclamation points. Why on earth would they put full-stop punctuation after everything but the last two words? Give me the Australian tongue twister and commas any day!
So, next time you plan a day of fun in the sun, why not play it safe and start with Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, and Slide? Sun safety seems seriously smart to me! -E.G.D.
~Originally published on July 12, 2012
Posted in Beach Safety Tips, Tallies & Tips | Tagged: beach sun protection, Family Beach Safety Tips, Kid Friendly Beach Safety Tips, slogan for sun safety, sun safety slogan, Sunsmart Australia | 7 Comments »
Posted by Jody on May 21, 2013
Rip Currents – Break the Grip of the Rip!
If Caught in a Rip Current
Don’t fight the current
Swim out of the current, then to shore
If you can’t escape, float or tread water
If you need help, call or wave for assistance
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), rip currents are the #1 safety threat at beaches.
Rip currents can be really hard to spot, so exercise caution if you see the following:
- a channel of churning, choppy water;
- an area with a noticeable difference in color;
- a line of foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily out to sea;
- and/or a break in the incoming wave pattern.
If you get caught in one:
- Stay calm, don’t fight the current.
- Swim sideways out of the current and parellel to the shore, then at an angle back to the shore.
If you can’t escape it:
- Float or calmly tread water. The rip current will eventually fade.
- Try to face the shore, wave your arms, and yell for help.
If you see someone caught in one, DO NOT try to rescue them yourself, instead:
- Get a lifeguard or call 911.
- Yell instructions.
- And if possible, throw a life preserver or floatation device.
These things may help you save a life.
The ocean can be a source of fun and excitement, but you should always be careful of hazards that exist. Only swim at lifeguard protected beaches. Before your next trip to the beach, know how to spot a rip current and how to break the grip of the rip.
Source: Ocean Today (NOAA)
Please take a look at these very helpful links:
Have a safe day at the beach!
This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge topic is Escape.
Posted by Jody on May 6, 2013
Some of us take sun protection more seriously than others. I’m one of those people. Not that I used to be. Growing up in the Midwest, we reveled in our first sunburn. A little Noxzema or Solarcaine on our tortured backs and we were on our way back to summer fun at the beach! (At that point we might have covered up, in the water, with one of Dad’s white t-shirts. But only until that first burn healed.) The words “sun protection” weren’t even in our vocabulary. I remember the days when teenagers stretched out in the blazing sun, basting themselves with a concoction of Mercurochrome mixed with baby oil, for that *oh so attractive* orange summer glow. Yikes!! What we didn’t know then! (Seriously, we thought we knew it all!)
Well, now in an article from The Telegraph, a UK publication, we’re told: “Drinking wine could help to stop sunburn”.
According to Spanish scientists and published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, The Telegraph reports that:
Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun are the leading environmental cause of skin complaints, premature aging, sun burn and skin cancer. Spanish scientists found evidence suggesting that substances in grapes protect cells from the damage.
Drinking wine or eating grapes could protect you from sunburn, according to a new study that found a chemical in the fruit can limit cell damage.
Maybe we modern beachcombers needed one more push to follow the healthy Mediterranean diet that we keep hearing about. Perhaps we just want our beach going skin to stay young and healthy looking. Well, now besides being the beachcombers wearing our super sunblock, long sleeve cover-ups, floppy hats and sunglasses, we’ll also be the ones with the Ariel Cabernet Sauvignonin our picnic basket!
Enjoy the article, and please pass the grapes!
Posted by Jody on April 29, 2013
My family and I recently enjoyed another lovely day trip to Quintana Beach County Park, one of our absolute favorite Texas coastal recreation areas. This 51-acre natural beachfront playground is the ultimate dog-friendly family choice in the Lone Star State. Located in Freeport, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico, it’s a wonderfully scenic and a relatively quick (1 ½ hour) drive south of Houston. Quintana Beach County Park is a much more laid back alternative to the city and beaches of Galveston, which have all of the hustle and bustle you would expect from a typical seaside tourist mecca.
You can feel free to bring Spot along for your day at the beach. At Quintana Beach County Park our tail-wagging companions are welcome.
“Pet Safety on the Beach” as posted at Quintana Beach County Park:
- If the sand is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
- Keep fresh water available for your dog, drinking salt water will make him sick.
- Use pet-friendly sunscreen on short hair, ears and nose.
- Provide shade for your dog to rest.
~All very good safety tips~ Please remember that pets need to be restrained (at this beach) at all times and, of course, picking up after Spot is a must!
A while back we published a post on the many reasons to visit this lovely beach park: Quintana Beach County Park on the Texas Gulf Coast – So Many Reasons to Visit. The list includes camp sites (tents, RVs, and vacation cabins), picnic tables, modern restrooms and showers, kayaking, surfing, beachcombing, fishing… and the list goes on. Being dog-friendly simply adds one more great reason for families to plan the perfect fun-filled trip to Quintana Beach County Park!
Do you have a favorite dog-friendly beach? Please share it with us. We’d love to know!
Here are a few more helpful links:
Have a great day at the beach!
Posted in Beach Safety Tips, Gulf of Mexico Beaches, Monday Miscellaneous | Tagged: beach, dog beach etiquette, dog friendly beach, Quintana Beach County Park, sun safety, Texas Gulf Coast beach | 6 Comments »
Posted by Jody on October 31, 2012
The Creepy Crawlies of Whaleshead Beach, Oregon
You may have noticed that when our family travels, we frequently photograph beach signs. We actually read them, too! Other beach goers will often pass us by as we stand there at the sandy entrance, perusing the notice packed signboards. Our guess is that a rather large percentage of people don’t pay much attention to these particular seaside information centers.
When Greg and I headed down the path to Whaleshead Beach, we couldn’t wait to see the view unfold. There it was: a magnificent rock jutting from the sun-drenched sea, looking just like a colossal breaching whale. It was a gorgeous sight!
Then we saw it: An 8 ½ x 11” piece of paper encased in plastic, attached to the official wooden signboard, that sent chills up our spines. Excirolana kincaidi ?!
“These isopods alternately bury themselves in the sand and actively forage for dead animal matter. They seem to be especially active in the shallow swash of retreating waves on sandy beaches. Large numbers may quickly congregate around an animal carcass that washes in on a sandy beach while it is still in the water, and quickly strip the carcass of flesh. This is the most common Excirolana species along the Washington coast. Predators include sanderlings.”
Greg found the original of this posting at a Wallawalla.edu. There you’ll see much more information and additional technical specifics about these little flesh eaters of the Pacific Northwest sands, including pictures far more frightening than this one. The section that is highlighted in yellow on the sign is prominent in the university’s write up:
“Note: Very few crustaceans will actually bite you but this nasty little creature is definitely one of them. Barefoot waders in an area with Excirolana will find that the animals quickly swim toward and swarm over bare feet, biting them so hard that blood will be flowing within moments. Since the animals are so small the bites are tiny but painful like a pin prick, and the animals are often present in swarms of thousands. Rapidly shuffling the feet reduces but does not eliminate the number of bites.”
Although they seem a useful creature in keeping the beaches clean and sanitary (nature provides for all things), there seems to also be an undesirable side effect to having them around. This note certainly killed any idea we had of heading to the water’s edge, even on the most beautiful, toasty October day!
Wouldn’t these little beasts be perfect for an Alfred Hitchcock movie? Move over, birds!
*A tag-team post by Greg and Jody*
Posted in Beach and Coastal Wildlife, Beach Safety Tips, Pacific Coast Beaches | Tagged: beach, Excirolana kincaidi, Halloween, Oregon Coast beaches, Oregon Coast safety tips, Sand beach isopods, Whaleshead Beach Oregon | 8 Comments »
Posted by Jody on September 25, 2012
I’ve seen Stinson Beach, California on many a “Best Shelling Beaches” list. Truth be told, though, I’ve never found a take-home seashell or sand dollar on this beautiful stretch of Northern California coastline. No kidding!
Greg and I don’t go to Stinson Beach for its renowned (rumored?) beachcombing. We love heading to this beautiful beach for the quiet serenity of a long winter’s walk on a seemingly endless shoreline. I’m not sure if we’ve ever even been to Stinson Beach during the summer months, and that’s OK. Although there are lifeguard towers evident on the beach, with an average summer water temperature of 58°F, year-round rip current warnings and a shark attack history, we never plan to do much more than get some sand between our toes!
Even though this very thorough warning sign is posted prominently at the entrance to the beach, the Golden Gate National Recreation Site page states: “Swimming is only recommended from late May to mid-September when lifeguards are on duty.” All righty then…
The following Q & A comes from a wonderful White Shark Information webpage supported by the California Department of Fish and Game. In it you can find answers to many questions about white sharks (aka: great white sharks, or if you’re a surfer: the men in the grey suits). The site covers everything from what white sharks typically eat to how to tell white sharks from other species of sharks and their role in the marine ecosystem. It’s definitely worth a look!
Q: How can people avoid white shark attacks?
There is only one foolproof method for avoiding a white shark attack: stay out of the ocean. If this is not an option, try to avoid places known for white sharks, such as the Farallon Islands, Ao Nuevo, and Bird Rock near Point Reyes. Another suggestion is to avoid swimming in areas where marine mammals are congregating. Don’t swim in or near areas frequented by sea lions, harbor seals, and elephant seals, etc. or near their rookeries.
Wearing a wetsuit and fins, or lying on a surfboard, creates the silhouette of a seal from below. Shark attacks are often believed to be cases of mistaken identity, with surfing or swimming humans mistaken for seals or sea lions. Times of reduced sunlight, such as foggy mornings or dusk, are ideal times to be mistaken for a seal.
Stinson Beach is located about 20 twisty miles north of San Francisco. Open every day of the year, Stinson Beach has rest rooms and shower facilities, picnic areas, and BBQ grills. Whale-watching is big here January through March. A snack bar is open during summer months and kayak and boogie board rentals are also available then. Keep in mind that Fido is not allowed on the beach area maintained by the National Park Service, but is welcome (on leash) in the parking lot area, picnic grounds and on the county section of the beach known as Upton’s Beach.
“I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.” ~Bruce (Great White Shark), Finding Nemo
Posted in Beach Safety Tips, Northern California Beaches, Sharks, Tallies & Tips | Tagged: beach, beach safety sign, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin County California beach, shark safety tips, Stinson Beach California | 12 Comments »