Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Another very busy day, filled with lot of seashells, new adventure and good friends. Elder Whitaker said he got up at 1:30am and couldn’t go back to sleep because he was so excited about all of the seashells on the beach just waiting to be picked up. He said he went to the beach at 6:00am but it was too dark to see anything, the sun didn’t come up until 7:00.

As soon as we finished our breakfast we were all on the beach picking up shell to our heart’s delight. The storm damage from Hurricane Tom├ís on November 4th this year left mounds of sea grass piled up on the beach. From the pictures it looks like we wouldn’t be able to even see the beach much less any seashells but that wasn’t the case at all. There were tons of shells mixed in with the sea grass and sitting on top. Further west on the beach there was no sea grass at all and shell hunting was simply glorious.

The Whitakers use the shells to frame pictures. They hold “Picture Activities” in all of the branches and wards in the East mission and they use tons of seashells (Literally tons). Therefore they came to this beach with the expectation of collecting enough shells to fill the back of their pickup! To do that Elder Whitaker hired two local young men to help us. For $300.00DRPesos ($8.10USD) they worked most of the morning and helped a lot.

Elder Whitaker ended up bringing home 8 very large sack of shells. He estimated each bag to weigh 80 to 85 pounds. Hna. Johnson and I brought home two bags of 40 pounds each. The weight of about 800 pounds of seashells in the back of the pickup truck really made the tires look like they needed air but they were inflated to the proper pressure. We took it easy on the way back to the capital and we made it home without any difficulty.

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