Sand In My Shoes

So many people complain about the beach. They love to go, but they hate all the sand that gets into everything. Well, the City of Fuengirola seems to have solved the problem.

I awoke early on a foggy Monday morning last week to the usual sounds of the street cleaners. People with brooms. People with [leaf] blowers. Trucks with rotating brushes that clean and vacuum the streets. Other small trucks on the beach emptying trash cans.

But there was a sound that I couldn’t quite place. I looked out my bedroom window and saw a uniformed man on the beach making a neat, consistent pattern in the sand with what looked like a lawn mower. It was a beach vacuum cleaner!

My camera battery ran out while I shot these images, so most were taken with my phone. Still, click any image to make them even foggier.

THE USUAL:  BLOWING…
… STREET CLEANING…
… HAULING.
NO WAY TO VACCUM FOG?
I CALL IT ‘THE SANDSUCKER.’
BUT THERE’S ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT…   IT LEAVES LOTS OF SAND BEHIND.
MAKING SURE TO VACUUM THE “PILE” IN THE SAME DIRECTION (JUST LIKE A CARPET).
NO ONE ELSE SEEMED TO THINK VACUUMING THE BEACH WAS AT ALL ODD.
ANOTHER NEW MACHINE (SPOTTED THE OTHER DAY).
I’VE ONLY SEEN IT LEAVING THE BEACH, SO I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT DOES.

What will I do without sand in my shoes?

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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