Tide Pooling

Posted by laura on Jan 14 2009 | Awesome, Fun

Over the weekend, our friend Elise let us all know there was a negative tide (I guess thanks to the Wolf Moon) which makes for exceptional low tide pooling. Tom and the kids went on Saturday afternoon and had an amazing time prowling around the rocks for starfish and sea anemones. 

I missed out on that adventure, as I was cooking the beets. (That sure sounds thankless, but I loved those beets later on in the evening, even if they did take an inordinately long time to cook.) However, I got my chance at the shore on Sunday. We started the day out with a beautiful long hike with Sherri and Rik and the kids along the hills on the south side of town. Mill Valley is chock full of cool paths and steps that cut along the side of the mountain. Most are short cuts from one street to another, although that’s a bit of a misnomer as some are insanely steep and challenging, particularly when one of your hikers is 5. At least the views are breathtaking. (sorry. couldn’t resist.)

After the hike we hit the beach again for more tide pools and playing around in the sand. Joan and the girls joined us, as did our California goddaughter. Fabulous afternoon.

We made it there just about an hour before the light got sentimental.

That’s our gang, heading back towards the cars. The whole beach was packed with dogs and families and beachcombers when we arrived. One of the girls from across the street is 10, and as we walked back along the sand I said something about beachcombers, and she’d never heard the word before. She asked, “Are there any other kinds of combers?” Anyone?

It was one of those beautiful, lucky, elemental days, and at the end of it, we were all feeling like this:

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3 Responses to “Tide Pooling”

  1. Last weekend felt like a holiday.

    However, like any good holiday, someone go hurt. This time it was my big toe.

    As you can see from the ’sentimental’ light picture, the beach is a very hard place to walk towards the sun (and not stub your toe on some of rock). Mr. Muir Beach, you should be more careful with your rocks!

    15 Jan 2009 at 9:54 am

  2. Sam

    Allright, I woke up this morning and it was -6! As the weatherman said, it’s “stupid cold”. Tom, wanna trade your stubbed toe for our weather?

    16 Jan 2009 at 6:35 am

  3. Joe

    Sorry about the digit, Tom. That’s why on the EAST coast we make our rocks out of snow.

    Still, as Sam said, I’d probably trade a stubbed toe and a day when you can actually go to the beach and survive for the 12 inches of snow we got this weekend. Not that I’m complaining, snow does have it’s appeal.

    19 Jan 2009 at 9:28 am

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