Quirks of Beachcombing

We usually look for sea glass at the lowest of low tides, when gravelly patches appear that often hold glass fragments right at the waterline. When we saw there were no more low tides this month, we decided to try something new. We’d go to the beach after high tide, as the water was receding toward the low tide line, leaving bits and pieces behind. Genius, right?

It turns out that lots of people have come to this conclusion, and it appears to work very well at our favorite beachcombing place in Sand City, CA. It works so well that people arrive to begin collecting as soon as it is light out. We turned up around 9 am to find at least a dozen people wandering up and down with their buckets and bags. Footprints were everywhere. By the time we were getting down the beach a ways, Jonathan pointed out that everyone else had already left. I guess I would have, too, if I’d gotten up a half hour before sunrise.

We always enjoy a walk on the beach, and we did find a few small pieces of beach glass, though nothing like what we’ve found on other days. We got a few things to add to the trash can (above) and our donation box (below):


Published by winifredcreamer

I am a retired archaeologist and I like to travel, especially to places where you can walk along the shore or watch birds. My husband Jonathan and I travel for more than half the year every year, seeing all the places that we haven't gotten to yet.

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