Tides cooperated on Saturday morning as we headed to the tide pools of Shell Beach. Access to the pools is under repair in one section, so we found our way to the stairs at the north end of Ocean Blvd to head down to Vista Del Mar Beach in Shell Beach, a part of Pismo Beach in central coastal California.
The gorgeous day had blue skies and perfect weather. We typically get high winds in the spring, but they tend to start in the afternoon. Bits of fog drifted by every so often. We searched the pools, rock hounded, collected shells, and explored little caves.
If you head south along the beach, you find tide pools around each bend. There were patches in the pebbles that make up the sand where you could find nice stones and shells.
We met one man searching for jade and some ladies picking up "pretty things." One guy was having success fishing for rockfish. Otherwise, it was a pretty quiet day at the pools.
Critter-wise, we saw anemones, crabs, limpets, snails, barnacles, and small fish. On the shore we found a large cabezon head, some crab molts, lots of different shells and algas. We didn't want to leave but it was past lunch and we were all getting hangry. Next time we'll bring lunch!
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