Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What to Wear to a Sand Sculpture Festival

Sugar Sand Festival
WHAT TO WEAR TO A SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL DETAILS
Graphic T-Shirt (similar) | American Eagle maxi skirt (similar) | Havaianas flip flops (similar) | Feather necklace (similar)
The Challenge
This trip to see the Sugar Sand Festival* was inspired by my friend Jodie.  Why?  Awhile ago, she
posted about visiting ice sculptures.  Since we don't have ice sculptures here, I did the next best thing and visited sand sculptures.  

*Clearwater Beach’s sugar sand is one of the purest and whitest sands anywhere in the state of Florida! This is because sugar sand is primarily made of quartz crystal and contains barely any shells and/or coral, giving it a colorless tone and a “sugar” like feel. The sparkling quartz crystals that cover Clearwater Beach originally came from the Appalachian Mountains, washed down into rivers that led to the Gulf of Mexico, and were swept onto the shores of our pristine beach. (Source)

The Details
Saturday after Darling Husband and I dropped off our grandchildren from spending the night, we asked each other what we had planned for the day.  Since neither one of us had anything more exciting than a haircut (him) and vacuuming (me), he asked me if there was anything I'd like to do.  Remembering the sand sculpture dates, I suggested we go.  He thought it was a good idea, so off we went.  (If you think I'd like to go back and tell my self to stand up straight you'd be right!  What's up with my poor posture???)  I selected an easy look of a graphic tee and maxi skirt with flip flops for the beach.  

The sculptures were at the foot of Pier 60 in Clearwater.  This year's theme was Sea the World.  There were Australia, Canada, Mexico, China, France, USA and other sculptures.  They were all pretty phenomenal, I've included photos of a couple of my favorites:  Notre Dame and a sugar skull.  It was cool-ish (in the 70℉s, 20℃s) and the wind was higher than you'd expect.  The crowd wasn't bad, but the traffic getting to Clearwater Beach was backed up and we spent a bundle on parking.

People watching:  I saw quite a lot of dresses, knee length and above and several maxi dresses.  In general, you could tell people had their new vacation clothes on because they looked better than average by FL standards.  There were a few cropped white pants and a couple of white skinny jeans.  There were also some nice looking long-sleeved athletic tops.  The men didn't fare as well as the women, although I did see what appeared to be middle eastern men in sherbet-colored shorts and white trousers.  

The Takeaway
Most, if not all, cities have various activities unique to themselves.  It's fun to take some time and venture out to do something you haven't done before.  Plus, I'm all about this, as we will be leaving the state sooner or later.
Sugar Sand Festival Clearwater
Sugar Sand Festival
Sugar Sand Festival
My apologies for the less-than-clear shot.
Pier 60 Clearwater
After we saw the sculptures we walked down the pier.  We hadn't been to Clearwater in years.  
Pier 60 Clearwater
The wind was blowing like crazy, but it was fantastically pleasant and beautiful!

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