The annual sand berm construction began in Seal Beach the week of October 31st with the delivery of heavy equipment to the 10th Street parking lot. For Seal Beach residents, the arrival of the sand berm signals the beginning of winter. I covered sand berm construction in 2010 with a blog post featuring pictures taken from atop of the pier. This year I providing a different perspective for those not familiar with the process starting with the picture below showing the machines working in tandem to collect sand.
The next step in the sand berm construction process begins when the fully loaded earth movers transition from the “North side” of the pier crossing under to the “South side” en route to making their deposit. I captured video showing just how close the gigantic machines come to touching the pier. If you haven’t witnesses the process in person, it is hard to describe with any amount of media just how impressive the process is.
During this process the fully loaded earth movers are driving atop the unstable sand berm often times leading to dramatic rescues by the bulldozer. They are so heavy and the sand is so soft they can slide off the side of the berm and come close to rolling over. There hasn’t been a roll over yet but that doesn’t stop me from watching with the enthusiasm of a young boy playing in a sandbox.
Lastly there is the completed sand berm that I shot in this panoramic slide taken from 14th Street & Seal Way showing the height and length of the project. Although the embedded panoramic image is to large for the page, it allows you to drag your cursor across and see just how massive an undertaking the sand berm construction in Seal Beach really is. The favorite past time of residents and visitors alike is to take saucers and cardboard and slide down the berm as if it were made of snow. What is your favorite thing to do on the sand berm?