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Posts Tagged ‘Travel Theme’

Travel Theme: Glass

Posted by Jody on January 14, 2013

A visit to Glass Beach is on many a beachcomber’s bucket list. The “sand” here is mixed with rainbow colored eye-candy! Being that this stretch of Northern California’s rocky coastline was (once upon a time) a municipal trash dump, the shoreline is now a colorful mosaic of wave polished ceramic bits and sea tumbled glass.

Old Glass Beach Finds

“Old” Glass Beach Treasures

Many years ago, when Greg and I first visited Glass Beach, the evidence of the citizens of Fort Bragg, California, and the surrounding area dumping household garbage straight into the ocean was stunning. Old cars (and their parts), ceramics, housewares, appliances and glass poked out of the bluffs and littered the beach. By the early sixties, attempts were made to control what was dumped, and the dumping of toxic materials was prohibited. Finally in 1967 plans were begun for a new dump away from the ocean.

Glass Beach Sand

“New” Glass Beach Sand

Today, the old dump has been cleaned up and what you’ll now find is beautiful, sparkling, sea glass-speckled shoreline “sand.”

Would you like to know more about Glass Beach in Fort Bragg (Mendocino County), California? Here are a couple helpful links: Glass Beach: Where Trash Turns to Treasure, “Top Ten” Mile Coast Trail

Travel Theme: Glass


Also: Fort Bragg, California

Getting There: From Highway 1, turn west on Elm Street (Denny’s is on the corner) and drive a few blocks to Glass Beach Drive. Park at the intersection and walk down to the beach.

Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Monday Miscellaneous, Northern California Beaches, Sand and Shoreline | Tagged: , , , , , | 35 Comments »

Travel Theme: Festive

Posted by Jody on December 21, 2012

Celebrate the Season! Hermosa Beach, California

Celebrate the Season! Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach, California

Even on a cold and rainy December day, signs of the Christmas season give Hermosa Beach, Schumacher Plaza, and the pedestrian friendly pier a really festive and fun holiday atmosphere!

This week’s Travel Theme topic is “Festive.”


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Travel Theme: Circles

Posted by Jody on December 9, 2012

What a great idea for this week’s Travel Theme!

It’s easy to turn this one into a family friendly beach scavenger hunt! Simply pick a geometric shape for the day and head out to the seashore with the whole clan. The kids won’t even suspect that they’re actually doing math! How cool is that?

Today’s beachy shape is the circle. On our past beach trips we’ve spotted circles on everything from safety signs to rescue vehicles and sand dollars to sea anemones.  How about you?

This week’s Travel Theme is “Circles.”


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Travel Theme: Soft

Posted by Jody on November 12, 2012


“But the soft soft sands
Are the same soft sands
Where we once had such fun
In the warm summer sunshine”

“Soft Sands”

Does anyone remember these talented ladies?  The popular singing quartet came together in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1946. Sheboygan is located on the shores of Lake Michigan.

This week’s Travel Theme is “Soft.”


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Travel Theme: Bright

Posted by Jody on November 5, 2012


“Play is the highest form of research.”

~ Albert Einstein

Here’s a bright and easy family fun beach idea. While you’re packing up the car with beach towels, sunblock and sand toys, toss in a couple of child-safe magnifying glasses.  We found ours at the local Learning is Fun! Just think of all the possibilities!

Have a wonderful day at the beach!

This week’s Travel Theme is “Bright.”


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Travel Theme: Spooky

Posted by Jody on October 29, 2012

The beautiful beach at Fort Stevens State Park and visible remains of the Peter Iredale.

OK, so maybe we’re not really talking “spooky” here. It really would have been bone-chillingly scary though, for the officers and crew of the Peter Iredale, a four-masted steel barque that was headed for Portland, Oregon on October 25, 1906. Due to the deadly combination of the rising tide, dense fog, strong winds and rough seas, the Peter Iredale ran aground in the dark of that fateful night. Interestingly enough, not one soul was lost among the ship’s crew of 27, including two stowaways. With any other fate, this scene might have been considered quite eerie!

The Remains of the Peter Iredale

Over one hundred years since it ran aground, the bones of the Peter Iredale’s rusted bow and masts are still visible jutting out from the sandy beach at Fort Stevens State Park near Warrenton, Oregon. Easily accessible, this shipwreck is a crowd-pleasing tourist stop, especially if one is interested in the history and lore of the Graveyard of the Pacific. It certainly was a thriller for me!

The Remains of the Peter Iredale

To find the remains of the Peter Iredale: When heading north on Oregon Hwy 101 from Seaside veer left onto Columbia Beach Road/Ridge Road. Turn left on Peter Iredale Road. It’s a short jaunt over the dunes to the shipwreck from the rather large parking lot. The route is very well signed. Restrooms are available here.

Related links:

Maryport Sailing Ship Peter Iredale (Mighty Seas)

Transcript of the Naval Court findings (Issued in London by the Board of Trade on the 24th December 1906.)

The Oregon History Project

Graveyard of the Pacific (Oregon State Parks)

Fort Stevens State Park

 This week’s Travel Theme is “Spooky.”


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Travel Theme: Couples

Posted by Jody on October 23, 2012

Willow Beach, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona

“If I had a day that I could give you
I’d give to you a day just like today.”

~Sunshine on My Shoulders, Lyrics by John Denver

This week’s Travel Theme is “couples.”

For more on Willow Beach, Arizona: “I hit the jackpot at Willow Beach!

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Travel Theme: On Display

Posted by Jody on October 17, 2012

This week’s Travel Theme has been put together with a little help from my friends! Beach enthusiasts love to bring back natural doodads and nicknacks as souvenirs.  We wouldn’t think of packing them them away. No, beachcombers happily place their seashore treasures “On Display” before their aqua socks are dry!

“On Display” by Mary Hilgart

“This one is mostly shells that I have found on the Gulf Shores of Florida. The sand dollars are from the Bahamas. The starfish that you see in front is store-bought, and the very large shell on top was from my mother’s collection – not sure where.” ~Mary

“On Display” by Jody Diehl

My “On Display” is a dressed up shelf in our kitchen.  The various salt shakers are filled with seashells, sea glass, beach stones and wave tumbled pottery.  The painting was done by our talented niece Jennifer Diehl, a well known artist from Portland, Oregon.

“On Display” by Alaina Diehl – View from down under!

“As you know, my family likes to string up our beach finds. What you might not know is that we keep them “On Display” year-round! This special ornament “tree” holds shells, barnacles, beach rocks, a glass mermaid, and even Santa playing in the sand. When I was a kid, my favorite view of the Christmas tree was looking up from underneath.” ~Alaina

“On Display” by Linda Kolman

On Display: 1) Catalina Island, California 2) Brighton, England 3) Fort Bragg, California

Please feel free to send a photo of your best beach treasure display!  We love to share. 🙂

“Travel Theme: On Display” is inspired by Ailsa of Where’s my backpack?

Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Decorating With Beach Treasures, Seashells | Tagged: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Travel Theme: Animals – Tidepooling in Bandon, Oregon

Posted by Greg on October 10, 2012

This way to the beach! Sunset in Bandon, Oregon

Jody and I just returned from the Oregon coast where we did two of my favorite things: exploring tidepools and seeing the grandkids (more on that soon)! The best tidepools we were able to visit close to low tide were in Bandon, a small sea coast town in southwestern Oregon, about 90 miles north of the California boarder. We stayed at a nice motel right at the beach on Coquille Point,  where we,  in shorts and water sandals, were able to head right down the stairs to investigate the beach. The late evening air and cold ocean water combined to create a numbing effect. Boy, did we freeze our fingers and toes! We were undeterred, though. The landscape was amazing, and the amount of life in the tidepools was impressive.

Take a closer look! Do you see the sea stars already?

These were the brightest green sea anemones I had ever seen. It looked like the sea stars enjoyed the real estate around the anemones, because large quantities had settled in between them. I was like a kid in a candy store! There were caves and passages in and through the huge rocks, and they were all full of tidepool animals.

We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Go ahead, get even closer!

You’ll have to get your feet wet here.

Bandon’s tidepools and rocks are teeming with colorful marine life!

Sea stars, sea anemones, mussels and barnacles in Bandon’s tide pools.

Colorful sea stars and sea anemones on Bandon’s beach.

How many sea stars?

Sea Anemones

Fellow tidepoolers enjoying a sea star supper in Bandon, Oregon.

A farewell salute from a Bandon local.

Bandon, Oregon

If you would like to read more about tide pools and tide pool animals, here are a few related posts:

Tidepool Etiquette 101 

Starfish or Sea Star?

Southern California Sea Anemones

A Visit to the Tide Pools at Cabrillo National Monument

What Will You Find in a Southern California Tide Pool?

This week’s “Travel Theme: Animals” comes from Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack?

*Another tag-team post by Greg and Jody*


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Travel Theme: Foliage

Posted by Jody on October 3, 2012


This tropical foliage photo was taken on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii.  It’s the wonderful sky-high view from our favorite double-sized hammock.  ~Aloha~

The ” Travel Theme” concept comes from Ailsa of “Where’s my Backpack?

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