Posted on January 17, 2017
It’s raining right now, just as this blog goes live. And, you know what? We’re fine with that. This is the Pacific Northwest and it rains and it storms and it’s actually pretty cool – big waves at Waikiki Beach, low-rolling fog banks on Willapa Bay, sideways rain blowing in off the ocean. Yeah, we dig that kind of stuff.
But it’s not just the storms we dig – it’s what follows these gusty outbursts, what’s left behind after the bluster and commotion have moved along. You never know what you might find after a rip-roaring winter beach storm: seashells of all shape and size scattered on the beach, kanji-covered marine debris from faraway lands or even the elusive glass fishing float half buried in dune grass.
Community Beach Cleanup
These are just a few of the reasons we’re looking forward to next month’s Community Beach Cleanup on Feb. 4 up and down the Long Beach Peninsula. Not only is the Beach Cleanup a time to giveback to the Peninsula’s namesake, it offers an opportunity to do some serious beachcombing. Other Community Beach Cleanups are planned April 29 and July 5.
The Feb. 4 Community Beach Cleanup kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at every major beach approach on the Long Beach Peninsula. Volunteers should be on hand to distribute plastic garbage bags. The event typically runs to about 1 p.m. and participants can arrive any time they like.
Look for wave-deposited items just beyond the water’s high-tide mark. Removing manmade objects like glass floats, sea glass or maritime debris can be akin to beach cleaning, but removing natural items like sand dollars and kelp is discouraged.
Scouring the beach for tidal treasures is a time-honored tradition on the Washington coast. It’s the childhood pastime that makes an adult a kid again. It’s an activity that stokes the imagination, exercises the body and encapsulates the spirit of Lewis and Clark, urging exploration and discovery.
We’ve talked before about how beachcombing is as much about the journey as it is about the treasure. It’s a way to get outside and enjoy the unexpected; it’s a way to experience nature while not getting too far from creature comforts. But it’s also something that should be enjoyed responsibly – be sure not to disturb wildlife such as urchins and starfish in the tide pools around Beard’s Hollow or birds nesting in the dunes. You may want to consider taking a picture instead of taking the treasure.
Windless Kite Festival – Jan. 21-22
Asian New Year Kite Celebration – Jan. 27 – Feb. 10
Beach Clean Up Day – Feb. 4
FisherPoets Gathering – Feb. 24-26
World Kite Museum Spring Fundraiser – March 11
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The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.