Sand Castles at Hilton Head

Last Saturday, I helped my younger brother Noah move into college. He started classes on Monday. Since moving, I think I’ve talked to him more in the past five days than I did all of July!

Noah and I have been buds for a long, long time. When we were younger, we often went to the cabin, just us and my dad. There we played all sorts of games. We were fairy tale travelers while we were hiking. Naturally, we all have to come up with names and weapons to defend ourselves from the bad guys. We played king and queen of the river, and wrote nonsensical stories on the porch.

Over the years, we played pretend less and less, but we do still play. Noah likes to rope me into playing a video game with him now and then when I visit home. If we have several people about, we often play board games. And of course we still play when we go to the beach!

Noah and I enjoy playing in the waves, especially if they are a bit rougher and stronger. My favorite is to boogie board. It’s so fun when you catch the wave just right and away you go! Our other favorite is to make sandcastles. We like to build them and test out different fortification methods to see how long they last against the incoming tide.

Check out the sand castle we built earlier this summer! I did the seashell road and the driftstraw sticks. Noah made the awesome tunnel moat. We even enlisted the help of mom and dad for moving sand about and collecting items. We had many admirers. In particular there was a little boy and his sister who watched the demolition with us. The little boy was so curious, asking us all sorts of questions. This is definitely one of my favorite sandcastles that we’ve built. I like all the details and our moat and wall construction did well too!

My mom teased me while I worked on the sandcastle. She said that people walking by would think I was a teenager playing in the sand, not a 23 year old who is married and working on a Ph.D. Even though I’m not a kid anymore, I enjoy playing and exploring. Noah is growing up. He’s off to college, but I’m not worried about him losing his desire to play. He’s majoring in game design after all!

Our sandcastle from the front... or side depending on if you count the entrance or the side facing the ocean the front.
Our sandcastle from the front… or side depending on if you count the entrance or the side facing the ocean the front.
The center moat drains into the ocean.
The center moat drains into the ocean.

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Those seashells took a long time to collect!
Those seashells took a long time to collect!
Noah dug out this awesome tunnel moat.
Noah dug out this awesome tunnel moat.
Master Builders: Noah and me
Master Builders: Noah and me
Apprentices: Mom and Dad
Apprentices: Mom and Dad
The tunnel was the first thing to fail. As the tide rose, so did the water table. Since the tunnel moat was dug down a bit the rising water weakened the sand.
The tunnel was the first thing to fail. As the tide rose, so did the water table. Since the tunnel moat was dug down a bit the rising water weakened the sand.
The first seawater encounters our moat.
The first seawater encounters our moat.
Our split moat doing in action, directing the incoming water away from our walls.
Our split moat in action, directing the incoming water away from our walls.
The tide rose too high! The waves overcame our moat and walls.
The tide rose too high! The waves overcame our moat and walls.
Our inner moat does its job protecting the towers.
Our inner moat does its job protecting the towers.
Our castle grounds are swamped...
Our castle grounds are swamped…
... but our jolly green flag still stands!
… but our jolly green flag still stands!
The sea raged on, finally felling our green flag. The castle is defeated.
The sea raged on, finally felling our green flag. The castle is defeated.
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