I know many of you are currently digging out from the results of a major snowstorm. So, instead of shivering and blowing your noses, why not go to beach hopping! And here’s a great place to start.
Each year, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire hosts a sand sculpting championship that attracts master sand artists from all the world. Over 300 tons of special sand is trucked to the beach for the event. Each contestant is given ten tons of sand and just twenty-one hours to complete their masterpieces. Denene and I were on hand to witness this spectacular display of talent.
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 2008 Hampton Beach Sand Sculpting contest was titled Japanese Garden by Karen Fralich of Ontario, Canada.
Karen adds a few finishing touches to her masterpiece.
Denene and I truly understand what it’s like to look outside and see nothing but snowy whiteness, while sitting inside with no electricity, no water, and even worse, no internet. Here are some photos that explain why we decided to return to California to live, where, by the way, it’s currently 60 degrees. However, it is raining and has been for several days, off and on, and the skies have been a lovely shade of Seattle-gray for a couple of weeks now.
Anyway, here are photos from a few of our old neighborhoods, starting with our house in North Carolina.
Next up is a shot of the salt marsh at Plum Island, Ma., near our weekend place where we enjoyed kayaking in the Merrimack River.
Our Seattle home.
Our Boston neighborhood.
Finally, a brisk winter day in our California neck(s) of the woods…