Tide pools and Sandstone

Waves crashing on the rocks

Waves crashing on the rocks

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.

Walking on the rocks at Natural Bridges

Walking on the rocks at Natural Bridges

Climbing the rocks- fun, even if it is the wrong way

Climbing the rocks- fun, even if it is the wrong way

Baby enjoys the afternoon at the tide pools too

Baby enjoys the afternoon at the tide pools too

Exploring the tidepools

Exploring the tidepools

Looking around

Looking around

Found a tide pool

Found a tide pool

Sea Anemones

Sea Anemones

The Baby is exploring too

The Baby is exploring too

Playing with the rocks

Playing with the rocks

The pile of broken sedimentary rock they left behind

The pile of broken sedimentary rock they left behind

Meanwhile, he watches all the action happening around him

Meanwhile, he watches all the action happening around him

Watching the sunset

Watching the sunset

And playing in the sand (aka "shoveling sand into his mouth")

Face plant into the sand… sand stuck to his drool and created sand-face art!

The sun setting into the ocean- I love living in California!  It's so beautiful!

The sun setting into the ocean- I love living in California! It’s so beautiful!

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