We went to Hearst Beach the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Tyler didn't go because he was playing at a friend's house. We felt bad he missed out, but he had fun chasing/being chased by an emu.
The reason it was so great was that it was super low tide. There were tide pools there we've never seen before because they're usually covered with water. Right off, Spencer spotted this gigantic red abalone shell. Most of it was buried in the sand, but he's just really good at finding things.
There were so many sea anemone! And there were lots of different kinds. Some rocks were completely covered by them - we had to be careful where we stepped. I especially liked these ones. We had fun watching them close up when we touched them. One even zapped Spencer.
There were TONS of sea stars - all kinds.
A little sun star.
Spencer's favorite: a bat star. It was the first time he's seen them outside of the aquarium, and they were everywhere.
Even Chloe enjoyed finding things and putting them in her bucket. It's also where she kept her crackers.
It's a little over-exposed, but I like this picture of Brennan splashing in the water.
Dallin made mud pies.
Spencer was excited to find this seaweed rose.
Brennan liked how the seaweed was totally stuck to the rock.
Notice there aren't any pictures of Levi. That's because he was not a happy camper that day. He was cold and scared of the water and wanted to go home.
I had fun taking pictures of everyone under the pier - great lighting.
She's not smiling, but at least I got her to look at me for a split second.
Levi got much happier when Dave found him surfing booties to keep his feet warm.
See all those rocks? They're usually all covered with water. We'll have to pay closer attention to when the tide is super low so we can do that again.