“That was magnificent!”

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On Monday we gathered up the grandkids and headed towards the coast.  The tide was low and we were looking forward to sharing the tide pool experience with these young minds.  The anemone’s were mostly completely closed when we first started our tide pool hunt.  As we progressed over the slippery rocks we started to see a change in the tide pools.  Here is our first sighting of, what I was saying, would look like a sea flower.

Partially opened anemone.

Partially opened anemone.

Finding star fish was important, as they’ve been dying off at an alarming rate this year and children always love to see them.  Let’s face it, adults do too.

Sea Star from afar.

Sea Star from afar.

This tide pool had an amazing array of sea life.  It was packed with purple sea urchins, sea snails, pink algae sponge weeds, pacific seaweeds, hermit crabs, hundreds of very small anemones, and I’m sure there was a lot of life there that we couldn’t see.

A Sea Boquet

A Sea Bouquet

Silent Star Fish

Silent Star Fish

We only saw one sea urchin shell, but it was uniquely different from everything else.

Sea Urchin Shell

Sea Urchin Shell

BFF's or giant anemone?

BFF’s or giant anemone?

We took the stairs up the cliff and walked across, under the coastal cypress trees.  Our grand children tried their first taste of sour grass, and they liked it.  The kids found fallen trees and climbed on them.  They wanted to know if there was a playground.  We told them that this was how playgrounds were when we were kids.  We just made it up as we found interesting things to play on.  They loved the logs and the shadows and the views.

View from the cliffs at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve .

View from the cliffs at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve .

The sun started setting as we drove towards home.

Sunset near Devils Slide.

Sunset near Devils Slide.

Then there it was……The six year old said, “That was Magnificent!” and the two year old said, “Yeah, that was Ma-if-i-ant!”  That about summed up the day.  They never even thought about video games or TV, they just became fully engrossed in the wonder that the ocean presented them.  It was truly magnificent! 

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