09 August 2010

Imperial Beach ....


 - Imperial Beach Pier -

On Saturday the weather was so nice that Mike & I decided to over and check out a Sand-Castle Competition being held at Imperial Beach. 

Imperial Beach (IB) is the southwesterly city in the continental US - last stop before Mexico (downtown IB is about 5 miles from the US/Mexican border).

- 30th Annual Sand Castle Competition -

The Imperial Beach US Open Sand-Castle competition is the largest one held in the US and attracts over 350,000 people.

Anyone that knows me, knows I hate crowds, but Mike & I were very pleased to discover that while the beach was crowded  it was not mobbed. 

Once again we were amazed by how uncrowded the beach was.

The first IB Sand-Castle competition was held in 1980 and was inspired by the Sand Castle building competition held in White Rock, BC.

We were so excited to go and see all the amazing castles being built and we started down the beach towards where people were gathered ...

- Swimmers, surfers, sunbathers & beach lovers -

We could see the crowds further down the beach (you can see the pier off in the distance)so we walked along the sand until we got into the thick of the crowd ...

The  closer we got the more excited we got ...


We passed the  lifeguard truck - one of many that cruise up and down this beach ...


And a Lifeguard station - complete with a BayWatch style lifeguard standing at attention ...


And we passed by the beach house of my dreams ....

I think I am in love with this place

*sigh*

Pure whimsy   ...


Finally, we spot our 1st castle-builders hard at work  ...


Soon we came across another set of builders ....

- A Drip Castle -

And another ....


These guys told me that they were going to keep digging until they hit the ocean ...

Umm, should I tell them it's about 10 feet to the west ....



We later found out that Saturday, the day we stopped by to see the castles, was kids day and on Sunday the Master Builders would be there.  

Oh well, it would have probably been infinitely more crowded the next day anyways.

We watched the surfers for a while and then decided to walk down the pier.


Like many beaches in the San Diego area, the IB has a large fishing pier on it that was built in 1963.  You can stroll out over the Pacific for about 1/4 of mile.  

This pier is almost twice as long as the Crystal Pier over at Pacific Beach.
- IB Pier - 

As we walked along the pier we caught sight of some local wildlife hanging around the pier looking for a snack ...


We are having a lot of fun exploring all the beaches and getting to know some of the communities.


Life at the beach is good!





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