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The Pros and Cons of Searching for Sea Glass
April 03, 2014
Hi,

David and Lin Huanchaco Peru for sea glass 2014
We hope this letter finds you in a mellow mood. If not, at least it'll distract you for a few minutes :-)


Here's what you'll find in this March 2014 edition of the Odyssey Sea Glass Newsletter:




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The Pros and Cons of Searching for Sea Glass

Introduction

Humans have walked the beaches searching for “treasures” for eons. 

First called "beach combing" after references to beach combers in novels of the South Seas in the mid-1800s, scavenging the beaches  involved, for many, a way to make a living – either by selling what was found or eating it if it was edible. 

 

With the changing times, people in general began to have more free time. 

Families and individuals began going to the beach for recreation, relaxation, and rejuvenation. 

Beach items like seashells, attractive rocks, and interesting driftwood became "treasures" to these modern-day recreational beachcombers.  

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Because of its colors, sea glass was soon noted amongst the pebbles.

On various beaches, certain recreational beachcombers began to collect these glass gems. 

Not many of those original sea glassers knew exactly what it was they were collecting and likely never called it "sea glass" or "beach glass."

However, for at least 50 years folks have appreciated the same qualities of beach glass that we do – the frosted and tumbled, multiple-faceted and colored surfaces that produce such an attractive shape and glow to each piece of glass. 

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With time, some of us became fanatics. 

We couldn't stop thinking about the beach. 

Tides became an important daily item in our lives. 

The weather could make or break our weekend. 

Time, distance, tides, and weather calculations invaded our thoughts. 

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"Sea-glassing" - The Pros and Cons

I suppose there does exist the possibility that someone could become insane.

Insanely fanatical, that is, about sea glass to the point where the obsession controlled their life, interfered with work, caused problems in the family, and generally distorted his or her perception of life.

That applies to any pastime or hobby – for example TV football or window shopping – and sea glassing would be no exception.

But for most sea glass addicts, combing the nearby beaches enhanced our lives, getting us outdoors (even in harsh weather) to walk, walk, walk.

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Pros - Benefits of Searching for Sea Glass

   • Exercise and health - First of all, there are the benefits associated with walking as exercise. We've heard of the need to walk no matter what our age and the fact that walking or other moderate exercise has a positive effect on our mental attitude as well as our physical health. It's good stress therapy too.

   • Clean air - Ionized air is produce by large bodies of water in motion, such as ocean waves. Studies show that the negative electric charge of ions makes a person feel better. 

   • Environment - Clean ocean air as opposed to exercising in town or indoors.

   • Family - Recreation that the whole family can enjoy.

   • Inexpensive - An inexpensive way of spending enjoyable hours or whole days enjoying the outdoors.

   • Appreciation for nature - Building an appreciation for God's gifts - birds, marine life, seaweed, rocks, driftwood, sunrises and sunsets, and the beautiful scenery all around us.

   • Photography skills (perhaps you didn't think of this?) - Yes, for a lot of us, part of the fun started to involve taking photos of our finds, either on the beach or later at home. With practice, we began to learn really how to take better and better photos.

   • And much more - See your suggestions here.

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Cons – Reasons Not to Search for Sea Glass

   • None (?!) See others' suggestions here, including some really funny cons that had us almost in tears.

I'm sure that some of you could come up with some good reasons for not searching for sea glass, so we've left those rare opinions up to you.

Our conclusion: After years of having a "balanced view" of sea glass collecting, there's so many healthy reasons for beachcombing and sea-glassing that, well, everyone should do it.

 
But aren't we glad they don't ?

Happy hunting,

~ David and Lin

 




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Check them out quickly and easily on our Sea Glass Blog or take a look at a selection below that you might have missed.



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Selected Pages from Odyssey and Contributors

Mar 27, 2014

"OHIO" - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ submitted by Kelly Johnson, Elyria Ohio USA. Where was this photo taken? At a private beach near Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio. Date, time of day, and weather

Continue reading ""OHIO" - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest"

Mar 26, 2014

Not where it should be, but as if it were.... - August 2011 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ by Eda Strauch - Vilassar de Mar, Barcelona, Spain. This photo was taken in Vilassar de Mar, a little town by the Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona, Spain.

Continue reading "Not where it should be, but as if it were.... - August 2011 Sea Glass Photo Contest"





Mar 24, 2014

Drying in the Sun - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ sea glass contest photo submitted by Selkie, Vancouver Island, Canada. Where was this photo taken? Vancouver Island, Canada. Date, time of

Continue reading "Drying in the Sun - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest"


Mar 23, 2014

3/20/14 St. Kitts - Red Sea Glass

~ sea glass beach report submitted by Preeti Gulve in St. Kitts, Caribbean. Name of Beach and Location: St. Kitts. Today was the first day in

Continue reading "3/20/14 St. Kitts - Red Sea Glass"


Mar 23, 2014

20 Mar 2014 - Geraldton, West Australia - Today's Sea Glass Mix

~ sea glass beach report submitted by Chris Dobson in Geraldton, WA, Australia. Name of Beach and Location: 20 Mar 2014 - Geraldton, West Australia

Continue reading "20 Mar 2014 - Geraldton, West Australia - Today's Sea Glass Mix"

Mar 23, 2014

What are These Milk Glass Beach Finds?

~ Sea glass identification question submitted by Dick in Rincon, Puerto Rico New Hampshire, USA. We find these covers on Rincon Pureto Rico

Continue reading "What are These Milk Glass Beach Finds?"

Mar 23, 2014

What is the Origin of this Sea Glass Bottle Shard?

~ sea glass identification question submitted by Lori, Hatteras, North Carolina, USA. What are these sea glass bottle shards? I found  these two

Continue reading "What is the Origin of this Sea Glass Bottle Shard?"





Mar 23, 2014

Windowsill Sea Glass

~ submitted by Monster Monkeypants, San Juan Islands, WA. Where was this photo taken? San Juan Islands, WA. Date, time of day, and weather conditions?

Continue reading "Windowsill Sea Glass"


Mar 15, 2014

Sea Glass Mobile and Mosaic Table Top

~ sea glass craft photos submitted by Lauren in  LA. 1 - This is a sea glass mosaic tabletop that I made out of my 15-year sea glass collection

Continue reading "Sea Glass Mobile and Mosaic Table Top"

Mar 14, 2014

A Flots perdus - Créations

~ submitted by Arles, France, Provence. A Flots perdus The magic of the unconcious linked to the potency of the natural elements. We create

Continue reading "A Flots perdus - Créations"




Mar 14, 2014

Port Allen Glass Beach

~ contest photo submitted by Valerie Paradis in West Suffield, CT. Where was this photo taken? Port Allen, Kauai Date, time of day, and weather

Continue reading "Port Allen Glass Beach"


Mar 14, 2014

March 8, 2014 Mazatlan Mexico

~ submitted by Sandy in Salida, Colorado. After saw kayaking to an outer island, I spotted this one huge piece of aqua blue glass from 15 feet!!!

Continue reading "March 8, 2014 Mazatlan Mexico"

Mar 14, 2014

Piece of a ship?

~ Identification question submitted by Kelly D. in Georgia, USA.  My son found this Cast Iron piece on a beach in Maine. It is very ornate.

Continue reading "Piece of a ship?"

Mar 14, 2014

Identify Iridescent Blue Sea Glass Nuggets

~ Sea glass identification question submitted by Shawn in New Hampshire, USA.  Hi I have found these one at a time and am up to four. Any ideas?

Continue reading "Identify Iridescent Blue Sea Glass Nuggets"

Mar 13, 2014

Beach Glass Bottle Bottoms with letters/symbols?

~ submitted by Michael Kreuzberg, Rostock, Germany.  There are 4 sea glass pieces with letters/symbols and numbers-can you identify

Continue reading "Beach Glass Bottle Bottoms with letters/symbols?"

Mar 13, 2014

Sea Glass Candy - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ sea glass photo submitted by Anonymous in ? Where was this photo taken? Lake Erie Date, time of day, and weather conditions? Cool windy day around

Continue reading "Sea Glass Candy - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest"

Mar 13, 2014

Today's Sea Glass Treasures!! - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ submitted by Marshall Moens, Cayucos, CA USA. Where was this photo taken? Cayucos State Beach, Cayucos, CA  USA Date, time of day, and

Continue reading "Today's Sea Glass Treasures!! - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest"

Mar 13, 2014

Sea Glass Sleeping in a Sea Shell - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest

~ submitted by  Patricia in Northern Virginia. Where was this photo taken? Potomac River, Mount Vernon, Va. Date, time of day, and weather

Continue reading "Sea Glass Sleeping in a Sea Shell - March 2014 Sea Glass Photo Contest"

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