Thanksgiving weekend, we took a day trip to Natural Bridges State Beach to see the butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Preserve. After visiting the beautiful monarchs, we took a walk down the beach and up and over the rocks to the tide pools. It was a beautiful afternoon to be at the ocean, in the fresh air, with the waves crashing on the rocks. We found anemones, hermit crabs, and all kinds of little tide pool creatures. The kids really enjoyed climbing on the rocks and exploring the area. Their favorite activity, however, was breaking the sandstone they found by crashing it on the ground. Their dad really got into this project (and helped rein it in- no throwing rocks AT PEOPLE!) and they had so much fun with the rocks.
This month, the Outdoor Hour Challenge topic is rocks. So I will have to remind the kids of this activity we did and perhaps find some more sedimentary rock to break and then learn about! With young boys, it is all about destruction, right?
We ended our outing by watching the sun set into the ocean. And attempting (in vain) to keep Shortstop from eating the sand.