We drove over to the top of California to camp in the Redwoods, visit with Chris’ parents and visit the beach.
It was so nice to play in the sand, to toss driftwood (or logs!) in the water and watch pieces go out and come back in or sometimes just keep moving out.
The kids made their own game using driftwood, rocks and shell pieces and played for hours.
We collected shells, especially lots of sand dollars.
We caught up with Chris’ parents and had lots of fun with them on the beach, at the aquarium, at Trees of Mystery. It’s always so good to see them and the kids look forward to every visit we get.
We went down the the beach early to tide pool.
As we were about to leave the beach I looked out and spotted something with a fin so we watched for a while as several dolphins, lots of pelicans and other birds and a family of sea otters were catching some fish out in the water. Lilah was particularly excited to see dolphins!
We picked wild blackberries on the trail to the beach.
We saw sea birds, sea stars, anemones, mussels, barnacles, snails, limpets, hermit crabs having a fight over a shell, other crabs, fish, a tiny sea cucumber, chitons, a nudibranch and a gumboot chiton at the beach.
At the campsite in the redwoods we saw jays, ravens, other birds I didn’t recognize, chipmunks, mushrooms and banana slugs.
There are large stumps of old, old redwoods to climb on, in and around all through the campground.
It was wonderful. It’s so much fun to go exploring in types of places we don’t have near home (and types we do)!