Monday, February 4, 2013

Treasures From the Sea {Part 1}

I have always loved the ocean.

Even as a little kid I wanted us to take family trips to the beach.

I always liked the less commercial beaches. Boardwalks, rides, and towel-to-towel sunbathers just ain't my thing.

I'll take remote, unspoiled, and unpopulated any day.

The first time I stepped out onto the beach on Ocracoke I burst into tears. The beauty simply overwhelmed me. I had never in my life seen that kind of unspoiled beach and ocean.

The beach on Ocracoke is amazing.

So amazing, it's a national park!

Meaning there are no houses, no hotels, no condos on the beach or on the dunes. Just miles and miles (10+ miles) of sand, dunes, and ocean.

It's routinely rated as one of the world's top beaches.

But the absolute best thing about it?

The shells and treasures.

Oh. My. Word.

I have spent my life going to beaches where I set the alarm clock for 6:00 a.m. so I can walk the beach (with a dozen or so other hard-core folks) and gather a handful of shells....maybe even a small bag, if I was lucky.

Ocracoke Island shelling

Beachcombing on Ocracoke's beach is like shooting fish in a barrel. Seriously, look at all the shells:

Ocracoke Island shelling

You can find starfish:

Ocracoke Island shelling. Starfish.
And jellyfish:
Ocracoke Island shelling. Jellyfish.
And even fishy fish:
Ocracoke Island shelling. Fishy.
In fact, there's plenty of cool dead things in various stages of....dead. Here's a horseshoe crab that washed up on the beach (it might not be dead, it might just be an old molted shell...I didn't really pursue it):
Ocracoke Island shelling. Horseshoe crab
This guy, on the other hand, was definitely deceased. Some sort of ray or skate, maybe:
 Ocracoke Island shelling. Dead thing. Horseshoe crab.

 And probably one of the coolest things I've ever found.....a sea turtle rib:
Sea Turtle rib Ocracoke Island
Pretty cool, huh?
I love the anticipation of heading to the beach....wondering what gifts the sea will have left. It's pretty much better than Christmas for me.

And fortunately, there's a great section of beach with a lifeguard, a bath house, and a whole lot less dead things when swimming and sunbathing are on my beach to-do list.
In Part 2 I'll show you some more treasures.......and what I plan to do with loads like this:
Ocracoke Island shelling. driftwood & shells
Happy Beachcombing!
~Betsy xo

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  1. Neat stuff!!! I totally want to come to Ocracoke now :) Although... I suppose that is the point!

  2. Thanks, y'all! Nothing makes my boys happier than poking dead stuff with a stick. :p

  3. Love this and so would my boys :) Can't wait to visit this secret-like little place of yours!

    1. Beautiful pictures, Betsy. I love shells, too. AND the beach is THE most relaxing place to be. Jeannie R.