The Kickin’ it Old Skool Blogathon is reaching waaay back into way back time machine today for show and tell.
Speaking of which, do you remember what you took for show and tell? I can’t remember show and tell, but then again, I don’t remember a lot about those very early years of elementary school. Gone and happily forgotten. I think I might have taken a teddy bear once.
Anyway. My Show –
This is “our” beach. The beach that is 6 blocks from our house. This is why we don’t want to leave the coast. Until the beach in the United Arab Emirates was built, the beach along the Mississippi Gulf Coast was the longest man-made beach in the world. It is white, clean sand. You don’t have to walk very far from your car to the water. Ad you can keep right on walking out into the water.
The sad thing about our beach is that there is no wave action. Because of the barrier islands – albeit the greatly reduced barrier islands since Hurricane Katrina – we don’t get waves. And we don’t have pretty water. Because of the efforts to enhance shipping through the port of New Orleans and the need to create deep-water shipping channels out of New Orleans, the course of the Mississippi River has been changed. Part of that means that Louisiana’s own coast is being destroyed and there’s great debate about how to restore the wetlands and the barrier islands in Louisiana. The other part of it means that we don’t have the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Mississippi; we have the Mississippi Sounds, which is filled with the sediment and run-off from the Mississippi River. If the Mississippi River were allowed to run the way it wants to – starting at Baton Rouge – our beach would have the gorgeous blue/green water of Pensacola/Destin, FL. Instead – it’s brown.
I love it still though. Like Sweet Husband says, it’s almost like you’re always on vacation when at the end of the day, on your way home, you can swing by the beach and smell the water. Or on the weekend, you can spray on some sunscreen and spend a few hours in the sand. What’s not to love? I don’t buy swimsuits that have any white on them anymore because inevitably, the brown water stains them. Worth it, though. Totally and completely worth it.