|A factor in
creating great beach combing is
the many streams and creeks which empty into the Pacific. These carry
trees and logs, which break up to form a vast array of driftwood, and
it on shore during storms or high winds. During winter tides, large
of driftwood are carried onto the beaches, making it plentiful even
the summer months when storms are minimal. Because some of the best
combing happens during the winter months, you'll want to dress warmly.
Rather than one bulky coat, use lighter layers to insulate against
sea breezes. Wear waterproof boots or other protective shoes to keep
feet dry. While winter beach combing is productive, summer months also
provide ample opportunities to enjoy this pastime. The best time of day
to beach comb depends upon what things you're hoping to find. Agates
other semi-precious stones will be found in the gravel at low and high
tides when the waves churn the beach gravel, revealing prizes otherwise
left hidden. To explore tide pools, go at low tide.
Always be alert for higher-than-normal
"sneaker" waves that can occur at any time of year and can
inundate and/or wash away visitors, pets and belongings. Never
turn your back on the ocean.