We decided to head out very early one morning—earlier than we would normally arise on vacation—and catch low tide at one of the area's popular tide pooling spots. Se we began our hunt for the perfect spot to find intertidal creatures.
We hiked and hiked and hiked. Having been told there were good tide pools along this path, we were a little discouraged when at first we couldn't find a thing. Then, we found a spot with good access down to the water where it looked like it had receded a bit. We headed down, only to find we were up to our ankles in mud. Not the best spot.
It took a while, but at long last, we came upon a sand bar that obviously had been under water a short time previously. We headed down and ventured out, scoring some great tide pooling finds. All in all, the outing was a success, even if the tide was coming in by the time we found the favored spot.
|Kathleen heads out on the trail, eager to find those tide pools.|
|Elizabeth and crew scale a rock to get a view of the water and locate tide pools.|
It's awfully early in the morning to be hiking already with my seven children!
The open Atlantic is just to the right of my face in this photo.
|Joe, Dad in Charge, with Baby Lucia on his back.|
|We finally make it down to a tide-pooling area, and Marguerite stakes her claim.|
The open Atlantic is behind Marguerite.
The inlet area is dry during the lowest tide and under water up to the darkest rocks during high tide.
|This is the inlet area that dries completely at low tide. It was very shallow, and the kids found all kinds of great creatures.|
|Joe (with Lucia) and Therese explore where the inlet meets the ocean.|