May 1, 2009

Beach Date

by Ellen Wilson

Where's the beach? It's summer and when we're tired of hiking Mount Timpanogos, it's common to start craving a day in the sand and sun. For your next date, recreate childhood and treat your date to a day of castle building.

Purchase sand from a local quarry or a store such as Lowe's. While you're out, get some cheap buckets, molds, shovels, mini umbrellas, and colorful sunglasses. Other items you might want for decorating are rocks, leaves, colored toothpicks and any other small item you could add as embellishment. For your castle building, you'll want to put your sand in a low, wide bin or just create a square of wood to keep the sand in one place. Be sure to have access to water so that you can wet the sand and mold it into your castle. Work together on one large castle or have competitions for the coolest castle. For lunch, lemonade, sandwiches and popsicles are the classic beach picnic. After you're finished with your castles and lunch, stick to the theme and play Frisbee or bury your date with all the sand.

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