Sunday, January 15, 2012

Tidepooling at Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument Tidepool Area
 One of the joys the winter brings to San Diego is the appearance of low tide in day time, which during other times of the year mostly occurs in night time or at dark. If 2 years ago, I wrote about New Year Day's gifts to Simple Joys in Simple Life, this year, we went to Cabrillo National Monument for tidepooling a day after Christmas. However, this post is already too late to say Nature's Christmas Gifts to Joys of Simple Life. I had been extremely busy the past vacation, busy wandering and enjoying life's simple pleasures with friends and family, that I was not able to get a chance to post these gifts right in time.
Here are some of nature's Christmas gifts to us while we were tidepooling at Cabrillo National Monument.
 Egret Tidepooling with Us 
 Sea Urchins
 Keyhole Limpet
 Sea Star
The Energy to Climb Rocks
Aside from tidepooling, Cabrillo National Monument offers interesting seascape of layered sedimentary rocks. They are fun to climb, though slippery, thus, anyone who wants to enjoy a little bit climbing on rocks must take extreme precaution and care. 

 The Tidepool Area of Cabrillo National Monument
Slippery Walk back to the top of Cliffs

 The park closes at 5 pm, thus, despite it was still fun down the tidepool area, by sunset, we had to slowly go up the cliffs to the parking lot.
 Sunset at Cabrillo
Trail Back to the top of Cliffs
To learn more about tidepooling, please click Cabrillo National Monument tidepooling
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  1. I'd love to get a closeup look at those rocks, but I'm too big to try to climb them. I just know I'd go down much faster than I'd go up.

  2. These are great finds, so many different creatures I have not seen. This sure is one place we will explore in the coming days.

    San Diego has the best to offer!

    P.S. Bombay Beach is in the Salton Sea area. We are going back next week.

  3. What a fun place to visit and explore. I loved your photos, especially the sea star and urchins. Great post. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Amazing and beautiful sea creatures and reflections in the water and Egret tidepooling with you!

  5. Great picutres, the snail and the limpet are really special. I don't think you would have decided to take a picture of them.


  6. I would love to spend all day here tidepooling to look at different things, and just be close to the water.

    Beautiful photos, Betchai!

  7. That is an awesome area - thank you for sharing it, i have never been!

  8. another amazing scenery..thanks for sharing the pictures... when it's low tide you can tons of species in a rock beside the beach...

  9. Low tide reveals the treasures underneath the ocean. Some are such unique looking creatures. What a lovely picture of the sedimentary rocks close to sundown!

  10. wow... you photos never disappoint me. always breathtakingly beautiful.

  11. Thank you for all these gifts.

    It is never too late for Chinese new Year.

  12. wow, whew, awesome! that sunset is so beautiful :-) those wonderful scenes are really priceless gifts of yah friend,

  13. Stephen Naperville, ILJanuary 20, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    It is so fun to explore different places in life while you can. It is good for your soul and health. You took very nice pictures and thanks for sharing with people around the world, whom you don't even know. I will come back to this site to view your pictures again.