I usually don’t post a lot about my military career, but today I am going to tell you a story. In 1991-2, I spent a year on a tiny, bitty island in the chain of Aleutian Islands off the mainland Alaska. The Island’s name back then was Shemya Air Force base. Most Air Force personnel spend one year there, the island is 4 miles long by 2 miles. So there is not a lot to do or see. There are no trees on Shemya AFB due to the constant wind, and it gets bitter cold there. But I did find one thing that I loved to do to past the time. I discovered I love to beach comb.
I have shared the love I have of beach combing with my boys. On one nice day last week we set out to find some drift wood for a future painting project.
Here is photo of Joel and he discovery. I can picture this piece of drift wood with our family name painted on it hanging above the garage door.
Noah being the perfect beach bum.
So if you have never thought about beach combing with your family, it is a fun frugal family activity. On this day, we picked up three shopping bags full of trash, found some awesome driftwood pieces. We enjoyed the warm sunshine and a picnic lunch. We even had a impromptu science lesson where Noah pointed out some of the names of stones and rocks he had just studied in school. It was a very fun, education, frugal way to spent the afternoon.