Today was another glorious January Sunday in the Bay Area. I have been monitoring the tide tables and this weekend had lows at a convenient time for visiting. The butterflies are also there waiting.
I had evey intention to go for another mimosa brunch. But we found ourselves lounging in front of the TV watching Kap and the awesome Niner D putting the kittens from NC in their place. ; )
We drove on 17 South past a very empty looking Lexington Reservoir. I have friends who row there and wonder if their launch site is affected.
Got to Natural Bridges about 20 minutes before low tide. It was a beautiful afternoon. No wind and mid 60's. Lots of folks enjoying the day. T shirts and shorts kind of day.
We made our way on the sandstones and on to the mussels covered shelves. Had to hop over this one gap on the rocks I always hate. My Merrell waterproof hikers are so much better than the running shoes I wore to Baker Beach. I got sand all in my running shoes as they were porous. Not so today. Good grip too and I even stomped in shallow water.
The -0.2 ft low tide made for good exposure of the upper and lower pools. Plenty of green anemones and purple sea urchins. The pink coralline looked healthy too. Unfortunately, there were no starfish to be seen. They've all perished mysteriously from some liquefying disease. The docent said it was sudden and rapid and only since September. I wanted to see nudibranchs too but the docent said the surf was too rough today. It was a high surf warning today.
We spent over an hour on the shelves looking at the exposed pools, the surfers, and the birds.
There is something very relaxing watching the surfers and the sets of waves. Long long ago in a far away galaxy, I used to boogie board at La Jolla Shores and remember how peaceful it was out there just waiting for the next set. I wish I took up surfing in my years in SoCal. My surfers chick friends there are such bada#&$.
I will try to link some videos and photos later.