Archive for the ‘Weekend Road Trip’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Forget The Snow, It’s Time for Sand-Sculpting!

One of our favorite locations in the U.S is Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, where we used to have a weekend place. Our little hideaway was a welcome retreat from a week of Boston rat race.

One of the activities we enjoyed, in addition to kayaking and biking, was attending the popular sand-sculpting championship, an event that attracted master sand artists from all the world.

Over 300 tons of special sand was trucked to the beach for the event. Each contestant was given ten tons of sand and just twenty-one hours to complete their masterpieces.

Denene and I were on hand for the action.

So put away the snow shovels and enjoy a few moments of sun and fun.

Forrest Gump by Merideth Corson took the fourth place honors.

Michele Lepire’s Tropical Paradise placed third in the overall contest, but took home the most prize money, winning both the People’s Choice award and the Sculptor’s Choice award.

Salvador Dali Lama by Fred Mallet won the fifth place honors.

Steve Topazio of Rhode Island created this angry sun blowing down a sand castle.

Tim Russert remembered in sand.

Morning Bath by Carl Jara took the second place spot.

The winner of the Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting contest was titled Japanese Garden by Karen Fralich of Ontario, Canada.

Below, Karen adds a few finishing touches to her masterpiece.

PostHeaderIcon Christmas Day With The Loflands…at the beach, again


We have a standing Christmas Day tradition—a trip to the beach. So, after presents, a hearty breakfast, twice-checking whatever lists need to be examined, we head out for the coast (which coast, of course, depends upon where we may be living at the time). This year we’re back on the West Coast, and our 2014 beach du jour was Dillon Beach, a few minutes south of Bodega Bay. The journey to the sea was a very brief but scenic excursion through the winding roads and hills of wine country.

So, without further ado, this is the scenery in our neck of the woods. It wasn’t a white Christmas (I do not like snow), but it certainly was gorgeous.




Hey, it’s not my “fault.”






crop cows

Himalayan Cattle. Yes, those cows do indeed have bangs. A closer look and you’d swear, according to Denene, they look like Muppets.


With Thanksgiving clearly out of the picture, this big guy (below) stepped out to great us as we drove into the seaside town of Dillon Beach.


Denene, weary of all my stops to take photos, decided to take a photo of me taking a picture of the turkey.


And then we arrived at the beach.

Ho, Ho, Ho!


Here’s a quick video from the same location. Thought you might enjoy seeing and hearing the waves and sea breeze.

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