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The Perils of Beach Writing (A Horrific Tale)

Virginia Beach 2011

All a gal needs is a dream.

And a stick.

And, if possible, an expanse of unmarked sand.

(The stick doesn’t need to be cedar, but that would lend a lovely aroma to the following embarrassing proceedings.)

(Our stick was of the randomly-found-on-the-beach variety.)

Virginia Beach 2011

No vacation can pass without being memorialized in the sand.

(All the best memorials can be washed away with a high tide.)

(Except Lincoln’s.)

(His is rather sturdy, but still quite dashing.)

Virginia Beach 2011

Beach writing is a precise, delicate art.

You’re lulled into thinking it’ll be easy, a quick reminder of the time spent watching tiny dogs being forced into the ocean and avoiding seagulls who are possibly planning something.

Virginia Beach 2011

Sure, it might seem a good idea to write the month and the year.

Virginia Beach 2011

But that might give a different feeling than you hoped.

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Then you’ll have to start anew.

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Does it look better with the whole year?

Virginia Beach 2011

We think not.

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Putting the date numerically seemed best.

Yet the vertical lines make it all blur together.

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Maybe we just need a luckier location.

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Or maybe it’s us.

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Finally, due to perseverance, the help of the Greek god Triton and our refusal to do it over again, we succeed.

Virginia Beach 2011

Now our trip will live on in infamy.

Sand Name Collage

And, yes, we realize it somewhat gives the impression that we’re dating, as the beach writing resembles something that would be carved onto a tree to emphasize never-ending love.

As you can see from Skye’s heart pose, we’ve come to embrace that.

Some people think the surprise attack will come from the Canadians

Which is just crazy

Because it’ll obviously be from the seagulls,


{ 29 comments… add one }

  • Shell September 19, 2011, 10:11 am

    Skye’s suit is super cute. I know, not the point, but I adore it.

    • Megan September 19, 2011, 2:50 pm

      Isn’t it? She bought it online from a vintage swimsuit store – I harbor massive suit envy.

  • Mindee@ourfrontdoor September 19, 2011, 11:22 am

    Skye is adorable which is fortunate.
    Because if you ever took pictures of me from behind whilst I was wearing swimwear?
    Well, I’d have to feed you to the seagulls.

    • Megan September 19, 2011, 2:46 pm

      Haha – I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s certainly no such photos of me on the Internet. That’s why it’s good I can use my friends for my nefarious purposes!

    • Trinity September 20, 2011, 8:30 pm

      I would like to second this notion!

  • John September 19, 2011, 1:18 pm

    Damn, you two are cute.

    And I’ve got my eye out on the pigeons for sneak attack.

    • Megan September 19, 2011, 2:46 pm

      Being prepared is the first step.

      Oh, and not carrying bread around.

      That’s always a mistake.

  • SpilledInkGuy September 19, 2011, 2:02 pm

    People don’t seem to appreciate all the effort that goes into sand typography.
    Well, maybe they do, but they just don’t share my love for Comic Sans.
    Nah. Couldn’t be.

    • Megan September 19, 2011, 2:47 pm

      I don’t even know what you’re suggesting? Comic Sans is enjoying a revival that will soon culminate in it being named the national typescript!

  • Alaina September 19, 2011, 2:31 pm

    I agree. It will be from the seagulls. Partnered with pidgeons.

    Cute suit she has on!

    • Megan September 19, 2011, 2:47 pm

      Ooh – you’re right, I hadn’t even considered the partnership they will surely form. This is getting more serious by the moment!

  • Skye September 19, 2011, 4:25 pm

    At least we wrote your initial first and not mine! 😉

  • Tovah September 19, 2011, 4:30 pm

    Skye’s comment had me cracking up! Always fun to see what you’ve been up to (although typing it out makes it sound kind of stalkerish since I don’t know you and don’t usually comment)

  • daisyfae September 19, 2011, 5:29 pm

    i’m just surprised that the tide didn’t come in while you were in editorial mode…

  • nursemyra September 19, 2011, 5:29 pm

    love the cherries on the bathing suit

  • Jessica @ One Shiny Star September 19, 2011, 6:19 pm

    I love the cherry swimsuit too!

    I have never tried beach-writing, thanks for the warning! lol.

  • Geevz September 19, 2011, 6:24 pm

    Not sure why writing the date in the sand never occurred to me before, but please know you were in inspiration for all of my future beach trips.

    And I’m glad you like my sweet little sewing table. I spent a good deal of time refinishing it so I adore all the happy compliments :)

  • Kimberly September 19, 2011, 7:33 pm

    Now there we go blaming the Canadians. What did we ever do? We gave you poutines…and our Canadian Geese during the winter months. That should count for something.
    Oh and they gave you me…
    Yes. Me.
    I’m the awesomest Canadian ever.
    Although my sand art skills may lack some since we Canadians live in igloos. What is sand?

  • Ryan (The Woven Moments) September 19, 2011, 7:55 pm

    Whoever is in the cherry suit (is that you or your friend?) also got her rump memorialized. And trust me, you’ll be happy to have pictures of a young rump when you are 15 years older (and/or after a kid or 2).

    TMI, I realize. But I like to keep it real. 😉

  • Kari @ bite-sized thoughts September 19, 2011, 9:37 pm

    I think birds need to be monitored at all times. Although magpies are my particular enemies, and sea gulls usually leave me alone. They’re probably saving their energies up for someone else though 😛

    • Lisa @ Blithe Moments September 19, 2011, 11:15 pm

      One of the funniest moments of my life was when at my 14th birthday party we watched “The Birds” then went out into the backyard to eat birthday cake. Just as we sat down my parent’s semi-tame magpies decided to land on the table and check things out. Just imagine the screams of a dozen hyper teenage girls.

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments September 19, 2011, 11:17 pm

    Ahhh, writing cryptic messages in the sand. It is right up there with walking backwards so that you can’t be tracked by a random serial killer or arranging seaweed in massive patterns so people from planes can see it.

    The beach is fun!

  • Jayme September 19, 2011, 11:56 pm

    I love that suit she’s wearing!
    Where’s the shot of your backside?

  • Casey September 20, 2011, 12:15 am

    I have to join the masses and comment on the darling suit. Seriously cute.

  • Tracie September 20, 2011, 2:03 am

    I have never successfully written in the sand. I think my problem was the lack of a cute, cherry bathing suit.

  • Vince September 20, 2011, 2:07 am

    I don’t think I’ve seen anything as incongruous as that cherry festooned bathing suit and the lizard. It’s in the realm of a hells angel biker in a pink tutu.

  • blackhuff September 20, 2011, 4:46 am

    I’m glad that you are having fun on your vacation and writing in the sands :)
    Love that swim costume of your friend. So pretty

  • Lance September 22, 2011, 9:03 am

    Nice tattoo Skye…do you have any ink, Megan?

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