I don't know how I missed this beach the last 15 years I've lived in Maryland--well, grad school could account for the first 10--but it's just below Rehoboth Beach making it one of the shortest drives from here to the beach. Besides the beauty, it's the best beach for shell collecting I've found above Hilton Head, SC. I'll take pics of my miniature haul when I get a chance to clean them up. I was jazzed to find little marginella's, what looks to be a kind of murex or bursa, periwinkles, little whelks, still linked razor clam shells, and moon snails. I was sad to see many bedraggled pieces of monarch butterfly wings among the shells, but that's because they are drawn to the dunes by the goldenrod flowers you see pictured above, and the wind carries them out to the tide. When I went back on Columbus Day weekend I found one bedraggled monarch struggling on her back in the sand along the tide line, and let her latch onto my finger and carried her carefully into the dunes. She looked a lot better than I thought she was when I left her on a bush, so here's hoping her wings are in good enough shape, she avoids high drafts, and finds her way down to Mexico.
I suspect I'll be driving back there the next sunny weekend I can find the time. I love the beach especially in the fall.