Saturday, August 9, 2014

Explorers in Cambria

Ronan and Nieve enjoying the view above Point Piedras Blancas

On Saturday Ronan and Nieve got to spend an afternoon playing with Grandma & Grandpa in Cambria. The activity of choice was to explore the trails around Point Piedras Blancas.

Grandpa and the kids planning out the hike

Nieve spots an elephant seal out in the water

The bluffs above the ocean are beautiful. In addition to enjoying the vistas, Ronan and Nieve pretended they were explorers out to discover new animals. They made a game of trying to find as many different creatures (and naming them) as they could during our hike.

Ronan was exploring the rocks at the water's edge...

...when suddenly this guy popped up about 10 feet from where Ronan was rock hopping...

...which precipitated Ronan running for higher ground

The large and sometimes noisy elephant seals were the easiest to spot. The conspicuous color and size of turkey vultures patrolling the point were also obvious finds.

A rock-scrambling Ronan on the lookout for new creatures

Ronan spotted this grandpa patrolling the cliffs

Humans, too stood out; when I was scrambling with Ronan on at sea level Ronan looked at the top of the bluff and said, "Look! I found another creature. I shall call it Grandpa!"

Ronan found limpets, mussels, anemone, and crabs amongst the rocks at the mid-tide line

Nieve happy that she was not bit by the snake that she startled

Both kids found plenty of skinks and Nieve's quick movements scared a large gopher snake so much that it's writhing body jumped into the air. Ronan claimed he found a large black spider but it was gone when we went to inspect.

A turkey vulture circled overhead as we walk along the path... an ominous sign?

After a fun time exploring the kids were speedy heading back to the car

After our hike, we headed back to Grandma and Grandpa's for rest and recuperation. The kids decided the best way to celebrate a successful day of discovery was to take it easy and climb the trees in the front yard.

Ronan, relaxing in a tree

Nieve working on her balance along a thick limb

Many thanks, Grandma and Grandpa, for the wonderful day! We are all looking forward to visiting Cambria again soon.

1 comment:

Holly Teetzel said...

What a great afternoon. Love that you found so many different creatures (human included!)