It’s January now, but soon it’ll be February and you’ll be thinking about your vacation. Or you live down in the Florida area like we do and will be taking great relief in the fact that the weather is warming back up again. Either way – it’ll be time to hit the beach again – and for our inner shell nut – it’ll be time to let loose!
But like anyone who’s good at anything in this world, it’s always important to slowly work our way back into things – and that’s what we’re here to do today! Here are some shelling tips that’ll help you get the new season started on the right foot!
Where should I go shelling when I’m on vacation?
Well honestly, it depends a lot on where you’re shelling. If we knew where the best shells would be all the time, I know a select few would probably have all of them! And honestly, even if I did and was unselfish about it – it’s kind of taking the fun out of things. Shelling is like a treasure hunt and finding that missing piece or that long sought after shell; that’s the best part about it!
Look at the tides for the days you’ll be on vacation. Usually your best times to go are about an hour before and an hour after low tide. If you need to find local tide charts, you can find them easily online.
Why is the moon so important? Because the moon often has a dramatic impact on the breadth of the tides. Full moons generally have the greatest impact, while crescent moons have the least. But when the Moon is at it’s moodiest is when you can find some of the most exotic shells.
Knowing what you’re looking for
If you’re after a certain type of shell – there are a ton of helpful resources online that’ll not only help you identify the shell, but also provide you with charts and maps as to where those can be found. Hopefully the shell you’re looking for is close to where you’re vacationing.
Don’t forget to clean those shells!
Cleaning is a major part of a shelling experience that’ll bring the highest degree of satisfaction. It’ll help shells maintain the color and from there – it’s really up to you how you display them or use them in crafts. Just be sure to get the salt and sand off and dry them properly.
Good luck! Peak shelling time is right around the corner!