― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea
Then, on the next day, we packed a lunch and followed the advice the older couple gave us. After only two minutes, Aisha found her very first whelk.
When we reached the crossing before the inlet, the tide was still too high to cross and we happily recognized our passionate shelling friends from the day before with their pails already half-full. They were glad to see we had taken them on their words and had more gifts for us: a dead starfish and a mermaid's purse (an envelop that used to contain fertilized shark eggs). They showed us their amazing finds of the day: a pre-Columbian (3000 years old) piece of pottery (there was an ancient Indian settlement here a long time ago and there are lots of artifacts to be found) and a huge channeled whelk. We then proceeded to cross to the inlet. We had water up to our knees (thighs for the girls!) in strong current, but once we reached the other side, we had about two hours to explore and fill our pail! And we were pretty much alone!
:: Pre-Columbian piece of pottery (circa 3000 years old) ::
:: Channeled whelk ::
:: Olive ::
:: The girls found clay! ::On our way back, we met another homeschooling family and we chatted a bit, the kids played together briefly and they showed us the best spot to find shark teeth (we found two!). What a wonderful day it was! We might miss our community when we travel, but those spontaneous encounters fill our hearts with much delight!