And so castles made of sand, melt into the sea...eventually.
So saith St. Jimi many years ago, but it's likely that sad song he wrote would have been even sadder if he could have seen the staggeringly intricate and super-ephemeral works of art that will be on display at Texas SandFest on Mustang Island south of Port Aransas on April 26-28.
Around 100,000 people are expected to come out and watch (and participate) as the world's top sand-castle builders dig, etch, scrape and mold their exquisite creations in the seabreeze yards from the all-consuming green surf.
Billed as America's largest competition of its type, Texas SandFest is rapidly approaching its 20th year. Organizers expext 20-30 of the world's sculptors to compete for the top prize in the Master categories (single and duo), while many more will vie for lesser prizes in the amateur categories.
Admission is $3, free for children under 12. Bands, vendors, and a beer and wine tent will be on site. Photo ops with the sand sculptures are encouraged and free of charge, and a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.
For much more info, visit the Texas SandFest website.