Which one of those words don’t belong? Which one of those words don’t quite fit? You guessed it Sherlock, the word Beach is what I was looking for.
Have you ever been sitting at your desk and said to yourself, “Okay, I’ve had enough of this. I need a breather.” Today was that day.
Creepy E mentioned on Thursday that low tide would be at 9:45 this morning, Friday. So, with buckets and gloves in tow, we made our way (it took 6 minutes to get there) to Point Isabel. Or more commonly known as Tepco Beach.
Wachu talkin’ ’bout Willis? I’m talking about Tepco Beach. The place where a local China Ware company over 50 years ago would dump all their imperfect or damaged plates, platters, mugs, bowls and whatever else needed to go. Tepco’s deal was they made heavy duty restaurant ware and put fancy patterns on it. They even made china for our armed forces. So, the variantions are immense and fun and very collectible. Well, at least their collectible when they aren’t in a million little pieces.
Wanna come play at the beach?
Point Isabel is a peninsula just east of San Francisco. Look the right, where you can’t see it, is the golden gate bridge. We parked out near the dog park and hiked around south a bit. The area that these shards are spread goes for probably a quarter mile or so. This gives one time to scrounge under rocks, play with baby crabs, dodge the fleas and basically get muddy looking for anything that might catch your eye. These would be mug rings (broken mugs with nothing left but the finger handle), colored shards, shards with designs, partial platters with same colors and designs or maybe a cool lookin’ stick.
Here was my first find, look hard and see if you can find the mug. Yup, there it is. While it was whole, it had a bit of cracking, barnacles, brown stuff, green stuff and a lot of mud thrown in for good measure.
I think it’s kinda pretty this way.
Here’s Creepy’s collection that spans a few weeks worth of rooting around. I left the image a bit large, so if you click on it you can get a decent idea as to what he’s found. Western Traveler patterns, The Burger Pit dinner platter, Tad’s Steaks, air-brushed wagon wheel and many more.
Here’s what I found, sigh.
Not very exciting, but at least they say Tepco and I think they’re pretty. What are we going to do with shards, mug rings and sticks? I dunno, I put some in my potted plants at home. And it’s kinda fun to see the patterns first hand. If you do a search on ebay for Tepco, you can get pictures and prices. But I’m not going to fork out 75+ dollars for a plate, sorry. So, it’s fun to see for free what all the fuss is about.
To sum it all up, this was a nice breather from work and a much needed clearing of ones mind and it took less than an hour. How could this possibly be wrong?
ps – If you’re interested in knowing a bunch more about Tepco please visit: Tepco History