Sunday, 25 January 2015

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

No activity on week 3 - we had some illness in the family. But we are back for week 4, with a trip to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (about 7 miles north of Half Moon Bay, Ca).

The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tidepools are a great way to spend a Sunday morning. You have to time your visit to coincide with low tide and park hours - the website has details. In our case, this meant reaching at 8 am for the 8 am - 10 am period. We reached around 8:15 am, and were there till almost 12:15 pm :) The rangers had a breakfast spread laid out, as part of a family weekend celebration. After a quick cup of coffee (and an orange for the almost 5), we made our way down to the beach. We had a lot of fun clambering over the rocks, looking at sea anemones, hermit crabs, sculpin fish, sea gulls and harbor seals! 

The tide pools from the trail:

A giant green anemone, with a black turban snail and some coraline algae:

A crab, specifics unknown:

Harbor seals (from the Bluff Trail above the beach):

At the top of the Bluff Trail:

Some information for parents:
1. The rocks are a bit slippery, but not enough to worry about. Get an extra pair of shoes! 
2. There is a restroom near the parking lot, with taps to clean up after coming from the beach.

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