This beach sand was gathered from “Ocean Front” Property in Arizona. Some folks have tried to dispute a highly contractible fact that no ocean touches the borders of the Canyon State. These are narrow-minded individuals with no imagination for an interesting model railroad scene. Most maps can even be used as evidence to support their claim that this is not prototypical. Let them gloat in their arrogant facts. Let me tell you the way to “Ocean Property”. First of all, You must book your reservation six months in advance for several reasons.
For Easterners, the kick-off point is Tortilla Jct. in the central desert. Westerners would never go there, but that’s another story. Travel for the Jct. to the train station at Ocotillo, flats are by mule or foot only. The animals are so mean we have trouble keeping guides for the duration of the trip. Be prepared to walk most of the way so bring plenty of water. If you ever make it, Don’t be disappointed if the train isn’t running that day because of mechanical problems. Someday after boarding, expect the rial of your life as speed is rather excessive for the condition of the rails. The first leg of the trip is over an abbreviated section of the Arizona “High Country” with rickety bridges spanning the bottomless canyons.
After cresting a snow-capped summit, the train tends to speed up slightly out of control. After a hard wave to the right and then to the left, the engineer has to brake the mass to a reasonable control. Now it’s best to grip the seat in front of you as the following yard switches jolt the train violently. After mass hysteria has calmed, take a deep breath, and relax. Concentrate your efforts by looking to the right. You will be rewarded by seeing beaches of gold. Yes, not just gold but a lot of fools gold. The mist in your nostrils and the roar of the surf will force you to get off at the next stop which of course is “Ocean Front Property”. The sound of gulls and the smell of low tide keeps the skeptics coming back.
Sand, which is one of the three types of topsoil that exist (along with loam and clay), is often a bit misunderstood. Although we’re used to wiggling our toes in the sand at the shore, the sand you find along the coast isn’t the only kind that exists. What’s more, commercial sand can be used for countless purposes (other than sunning yourself and listening to the sound of the waves).
Fine-textured beach sand is essentially what it sounds like — it’s similar in feel and looks to what you might see on vacation. It’s often found on playgrounds, on beach volleyball courts, and in sandboxes. It may also be referred to as “play sand,” which indicates that it’s free of silica and safe for children to play in. If you want to have a soft spot to play in your backyard or your business is constructing a large athletic space outside, beach sand might be an excellent option.
Sand is a loose granular material blanketing the beaches, riverbeds, and deserts of the world. Composed of different materials that vary depending on location, sand comes in an array of colors including white, black, green, and even pink. The most common component of sand is silicon dioxide in the form of quartz. The Earth’s landmasses are made up of rocks and minerals, including quartz, feldspar and mica. Weathering processes — such as wind, rain, and freezing/thawing cycles — break down these rocks and minerals into smaller grains.
Sand is basically the material you get when you get a breakdown in rocks when the rocks weather and decompose over hundreds of thousands and millions of years. Not every rocky mineral is equally built to last. So, over time, the weathering process yields certain common compositions for sand as the stronger materials persist.
- Beach sand is used in landscaping projects as well as construction purposes.
- Beach sand can be used between your stone pavers to create a garden path or to design a safe play area for kids.
- If you collect sand from an ocean beach and are worried about the amount of salt in the sand and the impact on your soil, the best thing to add is the organic matter like composted yard wastes or manures, leaves, etc. You can make your own compost or purchase from a garden center.
- Do not add sand to your soil to break down the clay! You’ll end up with a concrete-like soil.
- Any salt in the beach sand will likely get leached out and down during rains. If that salty water comes into contact with salt-sensitive plants then you might have a problem.
- Depending on how much beach sand you are working with, you can always rinse it. Or collect the sand in containers and let our winter rains leach the salts away.