Monday, June 27, 2011

Life is a sandy beach




When I was a kid our family didn’t take expensive vacations at theme parks and resorts.  Our vacation was packing us all in the family station wagon and heading to the beach…for the day. 

What more could you ask for, a full day of sun and sand.  I’d sit and build sand castles till I was so sunburned that I glowed.  I would figure out how to make tunnels and tie it into the ocean water so that it flowed around the castle like a moat.  Pretty soon, the moat sort of took over the castle and then, well the castle was no more. 

My point is that playing with sand was pure unadulterated fun. Give me a beach full of sand, a pail and a shovel and I will be in heaven.  Unfortunately I burn even easier than I did as a kid.  Even under an umbrella that sun always finds me.  So I haven’t played with sand as much as I would like recently.  Besides the beach is a 3-hour drive, which is still closer than some places, but not exactly a trip to the corner market.



So for now I will just have to settle for viewing non-ocean sand sculptures (created by sculptors that I must admit are a bit more experienced with designs that are a bit more intricate than my childhood castles) at the local mall.  They recently took 50 tons of sand and sculpted a tribute to the racehorse Secretariat who was born on a Virginia farm not 20 miles from where I grew up.



These are cell phone photos and taken—at night—so not the best.  This is very impressive for temporary art that will be gone with the next wave…or maybe I should say thunderstorm.

15 comments:

Heather said...

this is so cool. I am with you - i loved sitting in the sand and building tunnels...playing withsandcrabs and starfish! My sandcastles never looked like this, but i always dreamed they would! i like this post! have a great day!

maddyrose said...

Some of my fondest memories are when we lived in Florida and would go to the beach on the weekends. While my kids built their sand castles I would be sculpting their portraits in the sand. Great memories.

laurie said...

sounds like we had the same kind of vacation,, these sculptures are amazing,, imagine taking all that work and care to have it washed away.I guess this is a perfect example that its the journey not the destintaion thats most important

Lee Pierce said...

I love the simple life I had as a kid and a trip to the beach was just fine. Play in the sand and water and bring home that free souvenir - a wicked sunburn.
I hide from the sun now - so Oregon is a perfect place to live.

Sand and ice sculptures have always amazed me - intricate detail for a few moments...

LadyCat said...

These sand sculptures are amazing. I agree, nothing is more rejuvinating than relaxing on the beach : )

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Sand and ice sculptures have always fascinated me. Such intricate designs and so much work for a temporary piece of beauty!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

It is so great that the vacation that was free meant so much more to you than the expensive ones

Carol

Daniella said...

Me too! I've never been to Disney, or any such place. Our vacations were always to the beach. My Disney was the boardwalk, and it's rip off games and its probably unsafe ferris wheel. That was all I needed!
Now, we try (not the last 3 years) to go to the lake with the kids. They feel like I did. That is our idea of the best vacation ever!!!
xxD

Leovi said...

I with my parents was not a single day of vacation, and never saw them take a vacation.

Jehanne's doodles said...

oh WOW these are so cool- and yup definitely lots of buckets of sand will be needed to make them lol

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

I'm with you!

Daniella said...

Hi Chrystal,
I thought I just missed CT this time, I didn't have the time to do it. And I felt terrible about it! But today, I see that there was no CT yesterday.

Am I the only confused one? Or is it next week, and I read it wrong? You know I am always confused!! Just how I am.

If you know what is up, please let me know!! Help me to be less confused!! lol!!
xxDaniella

Gerri Herbst said...

Loved yr post today! The horsey sand sculpture was fantastic. When we were young we made a sand mermaid with a shell bra, sea kelp hair and sparkley eyes! gerri :)

Magic Love Crow said...

This is amazing Crystal! So much beauty!!! It's like ice sculptures and then they will be gone! Have a great day!

Purple Pony Art said...

This is so cool Crystal. I wish I could have met Big Red! I always feel blessed to have met John Henry and Cigar at the Kentucky Horse Park.

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