A Line In The Sand…

South Padre Island,

SPI
The “Island”…

Spring break, drinking, sun, fun, bikinis and parties…

PARTY!!!...
PARTY!!!…

Well, not so much…

Not spring break...
Not spring break…

But as you know, we don’t head to where the crowds ARE. We tend toward a more quiet life, which is why we are staying in South Padre Island in October.  The water is still warm, the beaches are clean and the regular folks are friendly. What we also found was Sand Castle Days!!!

Sand Castle Days…

This was held on the first weekend in October at a beach bar called Claytons. If you’ve never seen “professional” sand castle building, let me try to describe it for you. Some of the tools include pump sprayers, plastic panels, trowels, hoses, brushes, and even dental tools.

Tools of the trade...
Tools of the trade…

Did I mention buckets…

More tools...
More tools…

and hands…?

Even more tools...
Even more tools…

These competitors, and make no mistake, they ARE competitors, from all over the world, started Friday and worked all day. Filling their sand boxes, adding water to create the right consistency, unboxing and then sculpting in the solid blocks and rings of sand.
Saturday, the crowds came, and the sculptures were completed during the day.

Don't forget your umbrella...
Don’t forget your umbrella…
Or not...
Or not…
The spectators...
The spectators…
REALLY into his work...
REALLY into his work…
It's in the details...
It’s in the details…
The building goes on...
The building goes on…

By Saturday afternoon, the judging had been completed. Judging was accomplished by the spectators donating money into a bucket by each sculpture.
And, if hanging out on the beach wasn’t your thing,

Crowds on the beach...
Crowds on the beach…

you could always head up to the bar and sit at tables and enjoy the arts and crafts and food.

Tables and jumpers for the kids...
Tables and jumpers for the kids…
Live band...
Live band…
Checking out the art...
Checking out the art…
And crafts...
And crafts…
Planters from old tires...
Planters from old tires…
A "tired" spider...
A “tired” spider…

So, without further ado, here ARE the sand castles. Most of these pieces are 6 to 8 feet tall and the bases are 6 to 8 feet around.

Abe Waterman
Abe Waterman-Canada 1st Place…

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Lucinda "Sandy Feet" Wierenga
Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga-South Padre Island, Texas…

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Morgan Rudluff
Morgan Rudluff-Santa Cruz, California 3rd Place…

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Wilfred Stijger
Wilfred Stijger-Netherlands…

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'Amazin Walter' McDonald
‘Amazin Walter’ McDonald-South Padre Island, Texas…

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Andy Hancock
Andy Hancock-South Padre Island, Texas…

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Guy-Olivier Deveau
Guy-Olivier Deveau-Canada…

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Karen Fralich
Karen Fralich-Canada 2nd Place…

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Greg J. Grady
Greg J. Grady-New Hampshire

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Edith van de Wetering
Edith van de Wetering-Netherlands…

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And here are a few of the amateur sand castle entries…

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A
ll of this with the Gulf of Mexico providing the perfect backdrop for the weekends activities…

The Gulf of Mexico…

 

 

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