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Happy Holidays from the Mississippi Gulf Coast!
Posted by Jody on December 1, 2016
Posted by Greg on October 9, 2016
There is a celebration we didn’t know about when we moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast a couple months ago. It’s not something people usually think about when they say, “Lets go to the beach!”. Touted as “America’s Largest Block Party,” Cruisin’ The Coast is winding up its 20th anniversary year this weekend. According to the Cruisin’ The Coast web site, “Cruisin’ The Coast® has become the biggest special event in the state of Mississippi. As Cruisin’ The Coast® has grown, the honors and awards have followed suit.”
From the reports I’ve heard, this year there are between 6,000 and 7,000 registered classic cars and many more that are not registered. I haven’t seen final numbers yet, but last year there was a record 7,639 registered cruisers that participated in the event. Cruisers and spectators come from all over – packing hotels and setting up camp along Beach Boulevard. If you love classic and custom cars this is the week-long (8 days, really) event to attend. And even if you don’t love cars it’s still one heck of a party at the beach! Jody will freely tell you she doesn’t know a Edsel from a Studebaker and she thoroughly enjoyed the nightly parade of cruisers along Beach Boulevard, aka: Hwy. 90.
This is a collage of some of the photos we took as the sun set last night. Classics were represented from a wide range of years up to 1989 (the newest models the organization considers classic), with a huge number of 1950’s Chevys in the mix.
Ya’ll can start planning for next year’s event with a little help from the following sites:
Wishing you safe cruising! ~ From a motorhead of yesteryear, Greg
Posted by E.G.D. on September 23, 2016
It isn’t really noticeable here in the Houston area yet, but it is officially autumn! Can you believe it? Summer just flew by. One way or another, we’re past peak beach season, which never really made much sense to me. In the autumn and winter months, I’m as likely to go to the beach as spring and summer. Granted, the sorts of things I do on the beaches change with the seasons. In the colder months, most of us are pretty unlikely to go wading and swimming, but shelling is often best in the dead of winter, and if you ask me, there’s no better time for beach kite flying than autumn! Here in La Porte, TX, we are truly fortunate to have a spectacular organization that sends sea creatures into the sky on a pretty regular basis right at our very own Sylvan Beach: The South Houston Area Recreational Kiters, or S.H.A.R.K. for short.
At the tail end of last autumn, Jody (my mom) captured some great photographs of some S.H.A.R.K. kites, and while we were there, the kiters kindly arranged it so that we could pet the dolphin kite (and while doing so, we got a chance to show everyone how big these kites really are!). The only photo in this lineup that does not belong to Jody is the one of crab ground-kites, which were at Sylvan Beach on a different day and were photographed by F. Travis Riley. I hope you enjoy the slideshow:
If you like what you see, S.H.A.R.K. meets to fly beachy kites at beaches all over the Port of Houston/Galveston Bay area. They have a great calendar of events that lets you know where they’ll be and when.
Have a great start to your autumn, everyone! I hope you don’t miss a chance to see high-flying sea creatures at a beach sometime soon- E.G.D.
Posted by Jody on July 24, 2016
“We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.”
~George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, 1860
Posted by Jody on July 15, 2016
I’d much rather be here than there; the serenity of a lapping wave, sounds from the birds and the occasional fish jumping for joy is, to me, what flowers are to bees. It’s what feeds and nurtures my soul. Without the salt, sand, shells, and sea, my life would be quite bland. It’s Carla’s Club Med and my country club. Winter can be the best time to explore without the spring and summer’s swelling reign of humans. I’m not saying that in a bad way; lots of coastal towns rely on tourist support to live.
I’ve met some great people over the years doing the same thing I do. Enjoying Mother Earth’s givings and giving back .
This is a friendly reminder to take your trash with you, and you may be rewarded a treasure.
Posted by E.G.D. on July 8, 2016
Today’s guest post, including the beautiful beach treasure photographs, is courtesy of Jake and Carla W.
Hi. I’m Jake and my treasure hunting partner is my wife Carla. This is my first post. The first pics are from 7/5/16, and the rest are from the last 2 to 3 months. We live south of Houston in Brazoria county. We treasure hunt in 3 Texas counties: Galveston, Brazoria, and Matagorda.
The last pics we think might be a partial megalodon tooth! I’ve emailed pics to a professor, but we haven’t heard back. Any input on that from the readers of Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches would be appreciated.
As you can see we like to go to the beach. Carla says its the only place we get along (LOL!). Anyway, enjoy the photos and happy hunting. -Jake and Carla.
About the Authors: “Jake and I are both in our 40’s and have been together for a little over three years. We love camping, fishing and shell seeking. We seem to have created an unspoken deal where he teaches me how to catch really big fish and I try to teach him the patience and tenacity needed to find shark teeth. I’m more into shells and driftwood, he’s searching for antique bottles and the occasional pirate treasure chest. To an outsider, we must seem odd, as we can go for hours with very little conversation and be content being with one another and our passions. But it works for us.” ~Carla
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Posted by Jody on July 3, 2016
About the photo:
The Pier was originally built in 1966 for $133,877. It was destroyed in July of 1981 by the “No Name Storm”. Rebuilding took place in 1984 with Greenhart lumber from South America, the only place in the world to purchase this wood. It did not have to be treated, nor did it shrink, because it was grown in the swamps. In February 2004, the Pier was totally removed. The construction of the current Pier cost $1.75 million dollars, and the money was raised by a municipal bond (recreational). The decking of the Pier is now made of plastic wood fiber composite, is built to withstand a category 4 hurricane, and has a projected life span of at least 50 years.The Pier is 720 ft long (219.45 meters), 22 ft wide, and the height is 20’ feet (6.096 meters). Water depth at the end averages 16 ½ feet (5.03 meters). The Pier is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, with free admission, and no fishing license is required. Papa’s Bait Shop is located midway down the Pier and is open 7 days a week at 6:30 AM. Source: Venice Fishing Pier
Have a fabulous, fun, and safe July Fourth!
Posted by Jody on May 29, 2016
ALL VETERANS OF ALL WARS,
THE DISABLED AND THOSE WHO
GAVE THEIR LIVES IN THE HOPE
THEIR CHILDREN WOULD NEVER
NEED TO FIGHT OR GIVE THEIR
LIVES TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY
STRONG AND FREE, BUT ESPECIALLY
DEDICATED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE
THAT IF CALLED, THEY WILL EMULATE
THEIR PARENTS IN UPHOLDING
THE HONOR OF THESE
Posted by Jody on May 28, 2016
~Morning at Caspersen Beach, Florida~