After months of wanting to go on another beachcombing trip, we
finally got the chance to go. We decided to do it before it got
much colder, as the temperatures have been dropping steadily for
the past few weeks. Fall is basically over & winter appears to
have arrived early!! We already had a little snow. We flew down
to King Salmon & then down to our "secret" beaches!! The first
beach wasn't too bad. We found about 50. Two of them were 7" in
diameter. They were mostly in the tall grass above the sandy
beach where they had been tossed by the surf. The next spot just
a few miles away was quite a find. I believe we picked up about
350 floats just in that spot. It was sunny & a bit windy but still
great conditions compared to some we have been in before. After
loading up, we headed back to King Salmon for the night. I sorted
through a few of the floats & found some keepers!! The following
day (October 11th) we flew beyond where we had stopped the day
before & it wasn't long until we found another great spot. Matter
of fact, we didn't have to go anywhere else the rest of the day
because we found about 750 just on this beach alone!!! It was
crazy. I know there were many more floats hiding under the sand
but we picked up what we could see. After spending hours walking
through the sand, picking up floats, carrying around heavy bags &
facing the wind, we decided we had plenty. We needed to leave
room for the dogs & the other floats we had for the return trip
home!! So, it was another successful trip & I look forward to the
next one. We are hoping to go again sometime over the winter
when the weather permits!!
|Floats just waiting for me to
find them!! :)
|The plane sitting on the beach
with floats all around!
|Loading a bag of floats into the
|The first beach we landed at.
Lots of rocks here too!
|My 2 beachcombing girls.......
Sadie & Bella.
I took a trip down to Cold Bay for some beachcombing. While I was there, the weather was a bit dreary & windy but we
managed to get to the beaches. There were still plenty of floats to be found!! We found lots of floats on the eroded side of
the beach, down among the sand dunes. Some were even high in the bank where they had been for many years. We think we
picked up about 1,500 floats. I've gone through them already!!
Probably the most interesting thing beachcombed in May was a huge sailboat!! The Luck Dragon had been lost in the Bering Sea
in October 2007 after it's captain & passengers had to abandon ship due to terrible weather conditions & rough seas. A
gentleman from England had sailed the North passage and was so close to the end of his journey when things went bad. I was
able to track the owner down & let him know that his boat had been found. I spoke with him in September & he was planning a
trip to the GPS coordinates I gave him to see the wreckage & determine whether or not the Luck Dragon could be salvaged.
You never know what you'll find on the beach!!! One thing is for sure.....you can count on finding a glass float though!
|Me down in an eroded area of
the beach finding floats!
|Our Super Cub on the beach
near Cold Bay, Alaska.
|Brown bear tracks near a float.
|8 of the 5" diameter & up
floats found on one high tide
|The Luck Dragon as it was found.
|Floats on the side of a bank.
|Another eroded area of the
|Floats like to hide under
|The beach is on
the other side
of this bank.
were stuck in
the sides of the
been there for
|I found a Bethos deep-sea sphere
on Unimak Island. They are used
to provide buoyancy to underwater
products & systems & to house
underwater instruments &
electronics according to their
|Float coming in off the surf...I actually tossed it out for the pics!!
After waiting several weeks for the weather to get good enough to go on a beachcombing trip, I was
informed me that we could go but I only had 2 hours before we had to take off. I promptly packed &
got the dogs ready to go. It was a beautiful flight & on Friday, we got about an hour of
beachcombing in. We found a few floats in that time. Saturday was a great day & relatively warm.
We headed down the coast & found about 100 in one area. Further down the coast, we found LOTS
but the tide was too high & we weren't able to land. We marked the location & decided to go back on
Sunday. Sunday morning it was cold & windy but we left early to see if the floats were still piled
up on the beach. They were & the tide was low so we frantically picked up hundreds of floats before
the tide could carry them away. All in all, we think we picked up at least 1,200 floats during our
trip. One of our great finds was an American-made beer bottle brown float. I am in the process of
sorting through the others to see what treasures we were lucky enough to find!! On the way home,
we saw 25 brown bears & lots of glaciers. It was a great trip & we look forward to the next on in
|Floats on the side of a bank.
|Old wooden boat a few yards
from the beach.
|Aleutian Coast on the Bering
|1st float I spotted on the beach. Note
the plastic coffee mug on the right.
|Floats as they were found.
|Looks like a bear stepped right
on this one!
|Float actually coming in off the
surf. It's the 1st time I've seen
|Floats scattered on the beach.
|One of our "jackpot" areas!!
|Tide coming in after we picked
up hundreds of floats. Many
were in the center "island".
|Lake Clark & the pass we go
through to get home.