Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Blind Date at Blind Pass

Karen, The Essential Beachcomber, and I met for the first time at Blind Pass yesterday morning.
I was excited to meet her, a blogging friend who lives just 20 miles away.
"I'll be driving a white Honda Pilot," she said. "Look for a tall blonde!"
And there she was as we drove up, tall and blonde,
seated on the opened end of her vehicle, ready and waiting.

I arrived with my family Christmas guests, happily anticipating the hunt.
 Karen had offered to mentor Blake (10) and Hunter (11)
 in the art of hunting fossilized sharks' teeth in the best place she knew~~
 Blind Pass on Manasota Key.

A shark shovel for sifting sand, shells, and~~hopefully~~a shark's tooth.

There are several methods for searching the sand and the sea, she said.
One is to scoop directly from the sea, digging into the sand.
Another is to walk along the sand at low tide, hoping that the waves have brought some to the surface and that you spot them before others do!
I heard Hunter ask Karen why this beach is so good for hunting
 and she said, "Because there's no one here!"

Blake is making good progress...
note the plastic bag of collected sharks' teeth.

Karen taught the boys a third method: Dig a trough in the sand and wait for a wave
 to fill it with water~~and possibly bring in a tooth. It happened!

They also learned about The Boneyard~~an area between the Service Club Park and the jetty of Venice, Florida filled with fossilized bones. Besides sharks' teeth, fossils of other marine creatures are found in this area. You can see the boats and divers out on the water, searching for big treasures. Because millions of years ago most of Florida was under water, many fossils are also found inland.
However, state law prohibits digging without a permit.
Blake and Hunter's fossil finds are small by comparison
 but they're thrilled by the hunt. So is their dad...but that's another story.

It takes concentration and sharp eyes to discern the differences between sharks' teeth
 and the black debris in the shell/sand crush.

At one point, a proud shark's tooth hunter came along and showed the boys his big find...
he actually found it several years ago but enjoys taking it out of his carpenter's apron and showing it off every year as he walks the beach looking for more great finds.

Last shot at the beach as a storm kicked up and sent us running for our vehicles.

Note to Karen: THANK YOU for a marvelous morning! It added so much meaning, history, and appreciation to Blake and Hunter's Florida experiences...also for the rest of the family. 
 And, check out this hilarious picture of everyone in
 the Sharks' Tooth Squat!
I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Hugs and Happy Hunting,



Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

I love it Becky!! What a memorable day...that image of the shark pattern is fantastic! I want to send thanks for the very delicate paper is hanging in my kitchen window so I can look at it every day. :) I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and I send my very warmest wishes for a Happy New Year. So glad to have gotten to know you Becky and look forward to sharing in more posts in 2012.

Jeanne xx

Debbie said...

How cool is that??!!!
The boys must still be talking about tooth hunting!
I'm glad you all had a great time. Isn't meeting a blogging friend so neat?
Enjoy your little break, Becky.
Have a Happy New Year, my friend.

S. Etole said...

What a memorable day that will be for the boys. Blessings for a wonder-filled New Year.

Beach House Living said...

Some haul!

Jane said...

How much fun for the boys...and for all the adults! Karen is obviously a great teacher...judging from the sharks' teeth finds. Wish I had been there with all of you.

Hopefully we can get down there soon.

Kaybe said...

Let me just say that you & your family were my best blind date ever. It was really fun to hang out with ya'll. Not everyone would have stayed on the beach as the cold front moved through & preceding rain squalls were pelting down. You are a shell sistah of the highest order. xo

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Becky
Just catching up to say merry xmas.. a tad late.. looks like you had a wonderful day with Karen and all the other Shark Tooth Stoopers..

Sorry i'm so late with my xmas greetings.. ciao xxx Julie

rosaria said...

Just the right thing to do with children on the beach! Here we hunt for agates, translucent pebbles that are washed ashore and sparkle in the sun.

Beth said...

What a wonderful way to spend a December day! How cool to have been able to meet your new friend and have her teach the boys.
I wish we at least had snow here---always makes December in Ohio nicer--at least in my opinion.

Sorry I've been away from your blog for so long--thanks for hanging in there and still visiting me---has meant a lot to me. :>)

Dimple said...

Those teeth are beautiful, both in shape and variety of colors. What fun to find such a trove!

Hanne Bente said...

Good morning Becky.
Where should it be exciting to look for shark teeth.
Great pictures.
At Fur, we had a summer house (an island in the Limfjord) which we looked for fossilized sea urchins and fossils, and we have found very many.
Link: # post214
Wishing you a very good day.
Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

mermaid gallery said...

That is amazing! What an incredibly exciting day it must have been! I had no idea I really need a tropical vacation!...... Budding scientists at play!....Hope everybody's backs were ok!

Leslie said...

What a WONDERFUL adventure! And the warm weather we've been having made it a perfect time to go hunting. Now I want to find some shark's teeth for myself!

(Thanks, as always, for your kind encouragement about my health.)

pam @ i Love Shelling said...

You got the best! Karen is THE best shark tooth hunter and so much fun to boot. Looks like you had an awesome day together.

Stan said...

What a great adventure!
Ah, yes. Reminds me of the day when a big Florida shark drew blood from my hand (posthumously. it happened in a souvenir shop and the girls thought it hilarious)
. . . by the way, what's the story on Father Underwood?
Uncle Stan

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Love your blind date!! What a teacher she is, eh?! And what a pirates booty full of teeth! Do we have them on this side, too???

ELK said...

thats an amazing number .. looks like alot of fun too~ what a sweet friend! Happiest 2012 to you and yours!

Hanne Bente said...

Hej Becky.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you has been one of my blog friends, and thanks for all your sweet comment in 2011.
I wish you and your loved ones a happy and prosperous New Year.
Thanks for 2011 - we blogged in 2012.
Happy New Year!
Hugs Hanne Bente ♥

Shellbelle said...

WOWZA! The boys came away with quite a haul, but then with Karen as your guide, I am not surprised. She is the BEST, isn't she. I'm so happy you two finally met and I look forward to the day when we are all together for a day in the sun. Of course, we have a few others to add into the mix too!

Happy New Year Becky! XOXOXOXOXOX

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Happy Happy New Year Dear Becky
All the best for a fantastic 2012.. xxx Julie

tammy j said...

how exciting for little boys! real shark's teeth!
my brother's grandsons (my darling nephews, blake 12 and jacob 7) would simply love it! i am a land-locked sea lover... and i could almost hear it, looking at your pictures. only i'd be searching for shells.
cheers dear heart!
tammy j

helen tilston said...

Hi Becky

How exciting. The boys must be so excited with their finds.
I am your new follower and look forward to your visit


I was thinking about you this morning, Becky, as my Better Homes and Gardens arrived in the mail, which now reminds me of you.

This is a fantastic post. I have had the joy of meeting two blogging friends and it was great.

What a wonderful experience for your Christmas guests.


emily wierenga said...

i want to do this with you! how fun!