our dynamic namesake – the black and gold coast
It happened so slowly it was barely perceptible. Bit by bit, sand from our beloved beach vanished into the sea. We didn’t even know what was going on until one day late last year it hit us; our sandy beach had completely disappeared!
Right under our noses the black and gold coast had reinvented itself into a rugged, rocky shoreline, now featuring tide pools with sea shells and sea glass tucked in between the rocks. As much as we appreciated the change in scenery, we missed being able to build sand castles with the boys and run barefoot sprints on the beach. We started to get worried when we heard stories of sand being moved to Playa Jobos and of dredging in nearby Aguadilla to renovate it’s ocean-side boardwalk. Was our beloved beach gone for good?
You can imagine our relief when, seemingly all at once, our beautiful sandy beach reappeared at the end of June!
The black and gold coast
As we walked up and down the beach we rediscovered the patches of fine black sand on the otherwise golden brown beach that inspired the name of our blog.
I was listening to a Tim Ferriss podcast a few weeks back where he mentioned in passing that he played with magnetic black sand as a boy. Upon hearing this, I told the boys that we needed to go down to the beach with a magnet to see if the black sand is magnetic or not. A few minutes later, I heard Desmond yelling from the bathroom sink; “this sand is magnetic, VERY magnetic!”. I had forgotten that they had brought a few handfuls home the first time they saw it.
The black and gold coast may not be the best or the most popular beach in Puerto Rico, but it’s a pretty darn cool place if you ask us! :)