Potatoes of a Different Sort

April 14th, 2014

Late last week, a dear friend dropped me an email to suggest that she drive over from the city she lives in (about an hour from me), pick me up, and for us to go spend a few hours walking on the beach. We both find comfort in the sand and water, and I suspect she knew how I had been feeling, unable to get out and about as usual.

Since I was feeling better and slowly getting into the swing of things, plus always love spending time with her, it didn’t take me long to say YES!!

I don’t know about you, but there is something calming about walking along a virtually deserted beach. We talked and talked, laughed and explored. It was food for the soul. I was so grateful to her for the suggestion.

The beach was full of these shells, which we weren’t sure of. She felt sure they were a sea urchin of sorts, and I was going between that and a variety of sand dollar.

As anyone who knows me personally can contest- I have a natural, never-ending curiosity, so that became my afternoon project- to find out ‘what’ this was. After much searching and even a quick poll on my Facebook, I was able to find that it is indeed a type of sea urchin, and when they die they lose their spikes. This variety is known as a sea potato, and when alive- it does indeed look like a furry potato, color and all.

With the help of my dear friend, I managed to find a few that were whole, and I brought them home. They are now drying in the sunshine outside.

It was a simply amazing day- new discoveries, long walks, and all in the company of a great friend.

At the end of our 4 plus mile walk- we stopped in for coffee and tea at a local beach cafe, where we continued to laugh and fill our souls.

I can’t imagine a better way to spend the day.

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