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Silver Sands State Park in Connecticut on $20 a day

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We head to Silver Sands (though it's more like silver shells). This nice 300 acre beach area has typical sand dunes, mixed with some nice restored salt marshes and lots of open area and forest.


silver sands state park raised shell pier to enchanted island

Above: Seven hundred yards from the picnic area we walk out on fist sized rocks of nearly every color but red and blue, then onto marble sized gravel, then onto coarse tan sand, and finally onto man made raised boardwalks made of millions of shells, and out into the Long Island Sound. One such shell boardwalk, only ten foot wide, leads almost half a mile out across the water to an island bird sanctuary.

Oversized seagulls twist and turn thirty feet overhead and drop their catch onto the rocks all around us. Smack! Crack! Crabs, mussels, clams, oysters, and other mollusks smash onto the rocks and break open. The screaming birds descend again in a fighting frenzy over putrid raw shellfish.

silver sands bird islands protected property

The sky turns blue, then silver, and then takes on a fluorescent glow like a pearl reflecting an adjacent blue topaz stone.

Kelly and I walk the beach, explore the shell peninsula near the island, shuffle along the two-mile long boardwalk, and then scramble out on a boulder pier. Hours later we make it back to the van.

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