Vacation Day 12: Trees and Tidepools

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Hermit crabs!
Hermit crabs!
Diver crab!
Diver crab!

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Lighthouse!
Lighthouse!
View of Crescent City from lighthouse
View of Crescent City from lighthouse
View of the jetty from lighthouse
View of the jetty from lighthouse
Our path back from the lighthouse disappeared! We had to slog through calf-deep water.
Our path back from the lighthouse disappeared! We had to slog through calf-deep water.

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Look how big this trunk is compared to them!
Look how big this trunk is compared to them!

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The tree is growing over and around the fallen redwood!
The tree is growing over and around the fallen redwood!
Fungi
Fungi

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Time for Tidepools!
Time for Tidepools!
Mussels
Mussels

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Hermit crab!
Hermit crab!

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It’s our last day of vacation (tomorrow is a loooong drive home!), and finally we reached the part of vacation Theo was most looking forward to: tidepooling! He’s been obsessed ever since we did it in Cambria last year, and I can’t tell you how many times he asked about tidepooling on this trip!

We started the day with a trip to the aquarium in Crescent City for me and Theo. Chris and Sam stayed home because the aquarium is a little pricey, and we decided Sam wouldn’t really get enough out of it to justify the additional cost.

Theo LOVED the aquarium. It’s not huge, but we had the place practically to ourselves–just one other boy on the tour with us. It’s fun to take Theo to these things because he now is old enough to really listen and ask thoughtful questions of the tour guide. They had a small touch pool with anemones and starfish, then rays and fish to view, then a tank where you could pet leopard sharks and swell sharks. I think that was Theo’s favorite part. My favorite part was the harbor seal and sea lion demonstration. Very cool! One of the harbor seals was cracking me up!

Then we went and picked up Chris and Sam for another short hike in the redwoods. Those trees are so incredibly majestic; I just never get tired of looking at them.

After lunch, Theo and I walked to the beach at low tide for some tidepooling! Chris opted to stay home and try to get Sam a nap–which alas was an unsuccessful endeavor! But Theo and I spent three hours at the Tidepools, coming home only when we suddenly realized the tide had come in and was rapidly covering up the rocky path we had used to cross over to the lighthouse! We had met some new friends and lost track of time–a family from Utah with two boys who were eager to learn all about the Tidepools from Theo. The mom was really nice, and I enjoyed chatting with her while Theo and her sons searched for marine life. We ended up finding sea snails, anemones, diver crabs, hermit crabs, mussels, and barnacles. Only thing we couldn’t find was starfish! And we learned that you can feed crabs to the sea anemones and watch them slowly devour them–very cool!

Tomorrow will be a long day of driving, but I must say that on the whole, we’ve had a very successful trip!

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Shark petting!
Shark petting!

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