Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Tide Pools of Summer

One of my biggest laments of moving from a city to a small town is the lack of child/family friendly activities. They just do not seem to exist here and what they do have is sparse. In fact, sidewalks just spontaneously end and not in a Shel Silverstein sort of way, they just stop.

However, for what this small town lacks in organized family activities, it makes up for in nature exploration opportunities. Our Saturdays usually consist of a walk all around town and out to the beach to watch the waves. In fact, yesterday we were gifted with viewing two grey whales playing at the mouth of the jetty. We never saw that in Fort Collins.


This week we also discovered an amazing tide pool spot just south of Port Orford. We have previously found this activity a bit difficult to do with P & J because the tide pools we found were down steep cliffs or very close to the ocean waves.

The Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve is an incredible spot! After deciding we would just head south to find something new instead of just going to our usual go-to beach, we found this. A place where the tide pools seem endless and each isolated pool holds a variety of ocean flora and fauna.





There is no signage from the road. It is 2.5 miles south of Port Orford on highway 101. Turn right after mile marker 304. There is a short enchanted woodland hike down to the beach and then wide open exploration.



While we explored the tide pools we saw five different types of starfish, at least three types of crabs, sea cucumbers, chitons, snails, limpets, and brightly colored anemones. That was just a sample! The seagulls also like to come and take advantage of the all-you-can-eat low tide buffet.

The Redrock Fish Marine Reserve is a very kid friendly place to explore. It is flat and right on the beach. At low tide, the ocean waves are a significant distance from the tide pools and there are plenty of sandy areas to walk between the tide pools so, you do not have to traverse the rocks and squash the tiny barnacles and snails that might be residing on them.



This is a wonderful happy memory maker for your family! If you visit be aware of tide changes and remember tide pools are delicate ecosystems. Bring along a camera and a tide pool identification book too.

If you want to now more about the Redfish Rock Marine Reserve here are links:
http://www.redfishrocks.org/redfish-rocks-marine-reserve-marine-protected-area

http://www.oregonocean.info/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=465&Itemid=151


If you want to see more photos of our tide pool adventure then go to Nick's webpage:

www.ntmphoto.com

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1 comment:

  1. Oh you are sooooo lucky to be able to enjoy the wonder of the ocean!!! I lived on Jekyll Island, off the coast of GA, for a brief while as a teen. I miss it. Thank you for sharing your adventure, the pics are wonderful. (I love the ocean so much I wanted to name my daughter Ocean Pearl,,but I chickened out and named her Samantha Pearl..*sigh*)

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