Tuesday, October 23, 2007

October 23, 2007 - Clearwater Beach

Today I went to Clearwater Beach. I built a sandcastle like the one I saw on Reading Rainbow. I got water in a bucket. Then I put sand in there. Then I scooped the sand out with my hand and drizzled it on the sand castle. It makes a drizzled sand castle. We saw another man build an alligator out of sand.

We also played in the ocean. We played splash and jumped over the waves.

The signs were up that said stringrays were in the water sometimes and we should watch out carefully for them. We did not see any.


otowi said...

Did you find little living seashells in the sand? Purple and pink ones? I remember finding them at that beach, and when you picked up a handful of sand, they would tickle your palm trying to dig back down.

. said...

I like that alligator!

Anonymous said...

Hi Abby
I used to live in Clearwater when I was your age. I have always thought the beaches in Clearwater are some of the prettiest on the west coast of Florida. The water you were playing in is called the gulf, not the ocean because it is the Gulf of Mexico. A lot of people who are not from Florida call it the ocean but the gulf is much warmer than the ocean and clearer. In some places you can see all the way to the floor of the water. If you saw the living seashells that otowi asked you about, they are called cocinas. My dad used to make soup out of them (yuck!). I hope you had a good time in Florida.

Jan Woodcock

Aunt Martha said...

Hi Abby:

It is fun to build things in the sand. I have seen a lot of pictures of things that people have built--animals, houses, people and other stuff.

Sometimes they are very fancy and take a lot of work.

I don't know if I have ever played in the ocean. Guess we will have to ask your Grandma & Grandpa F. if I ever did that.

We lived in Florida for a while when I was about 3 years old. I don't remember living there because I was so little.

Aunt Martha

Ye Ye F. said...

Aunt Martha doesn't remember it, of course, but we went to Crescent Beach on the Atlantic Coast several times when she was about two years old. And one weekend a group of us (maybe 12) who worked at the University of Florida rented the old Flagler Hotel at Flagler Beach, also on the Atlantic Coast. I think Flagler was the name of the person who built the first railroad into Florida.