Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Today's Dunes to Beach Hike...

We drove up the coast a ways today to another trailhead on the sand dunes. This time the trail would take us across the dunes all the way to the beach. The temperature was in the 60's today, and there was a very slight breeze. Some of us started out wearing sweatshirts or jackets, but we spent most of the day in t-shirts or tank tops and jeans or shorts.

Here's JoAnne at the overlook at the start of the trail.

Mom and JoAnne walking across the dunes.

Nicole, Alia, Conner. We've hiked across the sand dunes, taken a short, pretty walk through brush and trees, and are back out in the open in the dune grass near the beach.

And there is the Pacific ocean.

Conner, running from the waves. Alia stands in the water.

Zane beachcombing.

And what did we see at the beach today?

Shorebirds. These birds were adorable, running en masse and in formation-- their little legs churning hilariously fast-- toward the surf, then suddenly turning and fleeing en masse just as quickly when the water approached them...

A fishing boat. A common sight at the beach...

And a snowplow??? (Okay, Aaron, I know. It's a bulldozer, but it looks like a snowplow, so I'm calling it one!) This one had us laughing. There is no road that we know of near this beach. One hikes across the dunes to get here and then walks along the beach in a fair amount of privacy and isolation. To see this machine come churning down the beach was a surprising and strange sight, but there it was...