Yesterday, I finally got outside the city limits of Yuzhno. I was invited by a friend on a road trip north of the city to Amber Beach. Until we were in the car, I didn’t even know which way we were heading. And it didn’t matter – at long last I was going to experience a bit more of what this beautiful island has to offer. And Ogie loves going to Amber Beach.
I did a bit of research on this amber, and discovered that it also comes in black. Not sure still if some of those light black stones I picked up were amber or not – but they might be. Here is what I found – it doesn’t say WHY it comes up from the sea – only that it does.
” In the east of Russia, in the southern part of the Sakhalin Is., on the beaches of the Patience Gulf, they find amber rather often; this variety is called Japanese amber sometimes. In that region, by the settlement of Starodubskiy, amber is found at deposits of bituminous coal of the Palaeogene age. ”
Two cars of ladies set out about 9:30 am -the back of the vehicles were packed with chairs and food and rubber mats for kneeling on. Well, OK – I’ve never done this before, so…
Back to the reason for the trip – to find amber, you must dig through the lines of seaweed and sticks and stones that the tide has left behind. it is good stretching exercise for the back of your legs, that’s for sure. A short stick is good for picking through the debris. When the sun is shining, the bits of amber shine like tiny lights.
Here is a sample of the wide variety of sea weed that grows here – amazingly different shapes and sizes and colours.
we had several brief showers, both on the drive and while we were collecting – at noon we took advantage of one of them to have lunch. And the food. I didn’t realize how much food and drink would be coming along – I thought it would be each making their own sandwich – but I was treated to homemade peanut butter cookies, and Filipino milk powder cookies, and hot tea. Next time I will know.
We only searched a small part of the beach – where the other ladies have had the best luck. I understand that farther along, there are wrecks and other interesting sights as well.