On Australian beaches there is sand. The sand gets nice and hard near the edge of the water. The beautiful beach of the Carse Gut is not like Australian beaches.
As you stroll along the rocky beach getting closer to the edge of the water, the ground becomes a bit more sandy. Then it turns silty and muddy. This isn’t ordinary mud. This mud has the consistency of the snot of a congested amphibian. It’s slimy and sticky, and led to me throwing out my toe shoes that I’ve worn almost every day on our travels.