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Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 8:55 pm
by DarenN
zelph wrote:
The japanese ball float collectors were already bagged up when we got up in the morning and walked in from the North.
Tell us more about these glass floats that realityguy mentioned first, being that this is his thread and we want to keep on his subjects. :D
i have only managed to find one in over ten years of kayaking the coast. it's about four inches in diameter, blue in color.

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:10 pm
by ConnieD
Have a Mission Street Red Label ipa Mr. OP :D almost as good as half-and-half.

The glass floats may or may not have netting. These are the traditional Japanese floats used for their nets.

Bits of net rot or tear away, and a storm puts them up on our beaches.

However, "early-birds" get out there and pick 'em all up. I think they "hunt" with flashlights.

If you want the good ones, meaning the traditional Japanese glass floats, then, you have to beat the experienced "beach combers" to it! Good luck!

Some are quite large. Some are surprisingly small, so look in clumps of seaweed.

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:19 pm
by realityguy
I was talking to a local on my Seafield Creek hike..most that came in with that storm were about 10" in diameter..so he said..I usually poke around with a trek pole in the seaweed and net clusters..There's been a lot of aluminum and foam ones lately on the beach by the looks of it.
I'm in the works right now of setting up at least a day hike on monday(after a hike sunday somewhere else in the park also)to probably Toleak or Shi-shi for beachcombing after the storm with another person from Sekiu,about 25 miles farther west than my place up there.I don't think I'll get an overnighter up there this trip due to the weather but am also pulling out gear and setting up two sets(tents,bags,cooking,stove,etc) to leave at the house up there for future use. ;)

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:22 pm
by zelph
You folks are lucky to have found one. This site says they are collector items.

Show us what you have found in the line of glass floats ;)

Find one on your next adventure RR

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_float#Appearance

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 9:34 pm
by ConnieD
They are "collector's items" and people charge a lot of money for them. No doubt some of the senior citizen "beach combers" were supplementing their income.

10" is a big deal, up there.

People have the landscaper put in two or three "pilings" and some cable and glass floats with scraps of old netting, no kidding. And it is beautiful with weathered driftwood. My mom made me dig and saw a beautiful grain-weathered driftwood root she wanted, she saw at the Hood's Canal house sit I had. It was down the beach. It took all Summer.

realityguy, Maybe with a house up there, and gear ready-to-go, one day you can get a jump on the professional "beach combers" or perhaps buy on the spot.

DarenN, You could get lucky and find one caught in floating seaweed, if you don't get caught by the seaweed.

Zelph, That picture, in the Wiki, in the flotsam: They are like finding pearls-by-the-sea. They are very beautiful.

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Tue May 18, 2010 11:28 pm
by realityguy
I don't care to buy any..would rather find them.Years ago as kids we found them in front of our house on Puget Sound.We were pretty much a straight line right down through the straits so they did show up there occasionally,especially in winter when we were the only kids walking the beaches.

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 8:51 pm
by ConnieD
Great memories...
I really liked your photo album for 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...
I tried Google maps and Google earth!

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:08 pm
by DarenN
ConnieD wrote: I tried Google maps and Google earth!
i use google earth a lot when planning kayak trips.
have you looked at "Street view"? "hey! that's my house! i guess i must be home, because my car is in the driveway!" ;)

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:36 pm
by realityguy
My house in town shows up well down the two driveways but I can't get the other house to even show because of the trees.If you check out Dan's..he's got a shotgun poking out of his red garage..keeping burglars and people with cameras from his stove stash.. :o

:lol: :lol:

A0pears the pictures on my street were taken this last year..My peach tree started dying and it shows.. :o ..Don't look too close..appears I didn't weedwhack my parking strip..how embarrassing! :oops:


:lol: :lol:

Re: 35 miles of day hikes in Olympic National Park...

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 9:37 pm
by ConnieD
I often look at Google earth to see my property in Montana: 3D, topo, zoom in, fly over!

I was looking at Google Earth for this thread and remembering so much about the beach hike.