COME OUTSIDE AND PLAY!
Join consummate and novice beachcombers, rock hounds and coastal lovers for an informative, relaxing, fun-filled weekend at the 2015 International Beachcombing Conference.
For the first time in six years, IBC will be held on the west coast, on a stretch of shoreline just south of Washington’s magnificent Olympic National Park. Designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site, the Olympic Peninsula is a wild, mysterious region of deep, thick, moss-covered woods, gigantic trees and some of the longest, widest beaches found on the continental U.S.
These beaches hold treasures galore: petrified wood (the state gemstone), a rainbow of stones (agates, jasper, carnelian), fossilized shells, glass fishing floats, beeswax balls, tsunami debris, pumice, shipwreck artifacts, stone orbs and the occasional shard of sea glass or pottery.
This year’s IBC offers a fantastic opportunity to learn more about this special region. Beachcomb experts, coastal authors, area historians, achaeologists, geologists and more provide tutorials, lead outdoor practicums, offer photography and art classes, and hold I.D artifact sessions.
All of these activities are designed to give you a broader view of factors affecting where and how to beachcomb, why certain things appear on these shorelines, and tricks to determine age and/or origin of beach finds. Interesting films, group discussions, ‘goody’ bags and a swap table of free beach treasures are also thrown into the mix.
Participants will have many opportunities to expand their combing know-how, develop new friendships and broaden their comber networks. Beachside lodging is within walking distance to conference activities and group meals. Think outdoor bonfires and lantern lit nighttime razor clamming. This year we may even have reflexologists, masseuse and/or reiki specialists on hand to ease your body aches from all that combing!
For a beachcomber, it doesn’t get much better than this. Maybe its time to treat yourself to an exhilarating unforgettable four days of fun at IBC ’15.