Story time. It'll be quick, I swear! In 1996 my eldest brother went to Myrtle Beach with the marching band for a...something. I don't know. To be in a parade, maybe? Not important. Anyhow, since they bused there he brought back a Pepsi bottle filled with sand, shells and ocean water for my mom and she LOVED it. So every time to a beach since she asked all three of her kids to bring back a bottle of beach. She had a large collection after some time but gave up on it when a bottle cracked and started leaking old ass sand into her prized curio cabinet!
But it stuck with me, as most family traditions do. So lately I have
taken myself back to all of my travels, in a matter of speaking, by
combing through my memory boxes for my bits of beach, ground and
rivalry! *Princeton vs Rutgers University story for another time, perhaps.
Now, I know what you're thinking- maybe. Don't comb a beach unless you have something planned for all the rocks, shells and sand ahead of time, right? Read the room, here, guy. Nobody plans ahead when looting nature! So in an attempt to showcase more and do cool things I've started bottling up my beach bits like a travel blogger/hoarder should and put them on display in the travel memory area of my library for basically me to look at and me alone because nobody comes over.
So, what do you do with the pilfered beach you took home, you ask?
After seeing a post on Mauibelle's Insta about how she bottles up bits of beach from her secret beach in Hawai'i (including water) and corks them for display I finally got my act together after 15 or so years since the curio mishap. I started looking online for mini bottles like hers and was amazed at the prices. Ebay had 100 bottles for $19 but it'd tale two months which was a no from me because when I decide to do a thing I NEED to do a thing with haste. Amazon had 6 for $6 which was a maybe. In store I saw plastic ones for sale for roughly the same price that just weren't as solid or as cool looking. I dug around online a little more for a deal because I knew I would be needing at least 10 bottles straight away.
So next I went through all of my assortments and cleaned house a little bit, one at a time to not mix up my areas, and bottled each one. Not hard but it is a little tricky when you find yourself trying to make a loose leaf paper funnel for irreplaceable grains of sand with a cat in the room vying for your attentions (but really she just wants the sand). Then, because I'm Monica Geller, I labeled each one with my labelizer before moving on to the next.
Inside: North Sea, Netherlands/Vaalserberg, Tri-Point of Holland, Belgium, Germany/ La Jolla, Cali/Princeton University/Lake Michigan/Lake Huron