After a fantastic breakfast and morning at the beach house, we left BRIGHT and mid morning for the devils punch bowl. Leah had been checking out the tide schedule, and so we made it a couple hours before that days LOWEST tide, so we could really get a good look at the tide pools and the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
(Flash forward: We made it all the way down!)
BUT before all of that, Leah and Branny took us top side to get a beautiful view!
Leah took this one of us!
The walk down to the beach was a little bit of a walk away from the top. So we re-parked, took a bathroom break, and walked down.
We stopped at the trail head, and Leah took a minute to show the kids the kind of sea life that we might meet in the tide pools.
Branny and Me.
Then we headed down toward the beach.
We stopped at another overlook, so beautiful.
On the beach the kids were SO excited to check out the tide pools.
The kids boots were filled with water almost imidiatly. We had dry clothes and shoes in the car, anticipating all of this.
Leah and Branny are the best, we were having so much fun! Look at cute Mo Mo all wet!
Lucas with his best buddy Branny.
We came around a point of beach, where it was even quieter, and we saw…
Seals!! Right on the beach! (The lady in the picture was getting WAY too close.)
Mirah’s favorite animal is a seal, so she was SO excited. We stood and watched them there for a while. Good thing Branny and Leah brought binoculars.
This part of the beach was just lovely.
Meanwhile behind us, Leah found a dead sea urchin and was showing it to Lucas and Mo mo.
Moving right along.
We did some agate hunting and rock hounding.
On the furthest side on the beach was a lovely waterfall.
We were just wondering around, when suddenly…
What is that?
Yep baby seals!! There were three, but I wasn’t able to get a LONG look at them because I was in charge of the kids, who were excited, but nervous to be so close to the babies. One of them was just so cute. It kept rolling around over and over, all while facing us.
We looked at the clock and it was just about low tide. So we headed over to the punch bowl.
Slowly. Just taking our time.
When we did get there, we were not alone.
It was seriously beautiful.
The ground was so rocky and uneven that it was really hard to stay together. Karl was with Lucas, Branny was with Mirah, Leah hung back with Mo, and I was on my own.
It was really windy in there.
Karl was able to get some REALLY cute pictures of himself and Lucas.
A few I took from my angle:
Branny was able to snap this one of us.
Trying to get closer, I caught these guys:
We went over to the sea wall. and there were some beautiful star fish, and sea stars, and Sea anemones.
We were all beat, and ready for some lunch.