Monday, May 01, 2017

Minus Tide and Good Weather

We know you know how much we love this combination, a fantastic minus tide (-1.6) and a day without rain or wind. Both were predicted for the weekend. We couldn't wait for Saturday and Sunday morning to come.
On Saturday we headed north to Trinidad Beach. The lowest tide was at 8:30 am, and we got there a bit before. We started walking north, heading to the urchin-mussel-anemone covered rocks. Interestingly we were surprised by how high the sand was here. Much like it was in Capitola when we were there in March. These mussels (above pic) are on a rock that we can't see because of the high sand. We don't remember seeing it like this before.
We continued walking and came to where the usually drought low creek runs. Guess what? It was no longer a barely noticeable trickle anymore. Getting across this was a fun, wet, sandy mess of a challenge. We had a good laugh when our sneakers filled with water and we got wet above our ankles.
We actually crossed it a bit closer to where it flows into the ocean. It was fun to run across.
We were headed over to the other side of the rock to see the all the seaweed. It's always such a crazy bright color.
Not much wildlife out there, but plenty of stunning beauty to keep us happy. We headed back to the car after coming this far out. We got nice and wet on the way back and laughed about it all the way home.

On Sunday morning we headed south to the North Spit jetty. I've written about that here before. It's quite a walk out to the end of that. We don't get out there very often, but something always surprises us when we do. First, we saw a bunch of crabs that ran and hid all along the rocky north side of the jetty. I thought they were quite photogenic.
It really is a challenge to walk to the end of the jetty. It is crumbling, weather-beaten, time-worn mess. We persisted and made it all the way to the end. That's when I thought I saw something by the south spit. I thought I saw a whale. It was huge and had just barely come up to the surface before it went down again. We watched for a while, and it didn't come back up. We did see some harbor porpoises, as well, and that made us pretty happy. We started walking the long walk back when a woman heading to the end of the jetty stopped us and said, "Hey, did you see that whale?" YES! Confirmation. I really did see a whale. So we waited a while longer just staring into the mouth of the harbor when it briefly surfaced again!
It went down way too fast for me to get a photo, but I did capture this image of where that whale had been. You can just make out the shape of its long beautiful, awesome body. The woman told us that it was a Gray Whale with a calf. We were absolutely thrilled. When we walked back to the car, the few people who were out there fishing each said to us as we passed by, "Hey did you see that whale?" Yes, yes we did, we saw it! Awesome, indeed.

We love a minus tide and good weather.


16 comments:

  1. Oh Robin how wonderful! What a perfect weekend you had. So glad you had such lovely weather too. Who cares about getting wet?
    Have a good week.
    Robin

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    1. Robin-- It was a perfectly beautiful weekend. We loved it, and our wet feet!

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  2. Marvelous photos, as always; in that last one it kind of looks like a baby patch in front of the bigger one! I am a sucker for whale watching.
    And that crab is fantastic. Thanks for this delightful vignette.

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    1. isabelita-- I love that idea of the little patch being the baby. Wonderful. Glad you liked the vignette!

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  3. Wow, that just might be a perfect day. How awesome to actually see a whale--on my bucket list. Love that you two still laugh and play like kids in the water. This was a fun post.

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  4. Patti-- It was a perfect weekend. We were so glad that the tide was low, the sun was high, and there was no wind. Yeah!

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  5. Sounds a day that made up for all the rain you had. I love that crab!

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    1. Sharon-- Oh yeah!! We're having a few days of sunshine, and it makes all the difference in the world.

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  6. Beautiful in every way! Thank you! This weekend I was enjoying seeing sunshine on the Mendocino webcam as well as sunshine here in Bellingham.

    http://www.agatecove.com/webcam.htm

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    1. am-- I really should remember to tune in to some of those webcams. It would be nice to see more of the coastline from the comfort of our living room! Really glad you liked the photos.

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful weekend. The weather up here has been awesome.

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    1. Dave-- It was a wonderful weekend. I love knowing that you're having awesome weather too. Yay!

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  8. I love moments like that. When folks are united by such a sight. United if only for the moment. Gives me a bit of hope we might reach middle ground on other things. I loved the photographs, especially the crab and shadow of the whales.

    Have you considered Wellies to keep your feet dry in crossing? :)

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- It's true about feeling united at the moment. The joy was palpable in everyone who saw that whale. It was truly awesome. Really glad you liked the photos. I haven't even ever heard of Wellies. I'll go take a look. Thank you for that!

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  9. Wow you were lucky, I'd love to see whales swimming, they are Awesome

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    1. Bill-- Yes! Totally awesome. We loved it.

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