Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beachcombing and Tide Pools

It's been a while since we've made the drive up to Alexandra Headlands but it's still one of our favourite places to hang out. The boys know it as the rocky beach because we always hang out in the rocky area between the two beaches.

I can't tell you anything about landforms and why there are so many huge slabs of rock in this area, but I can tell you that when the moon is full and the tide is low, it's like a treasure trove of beautiful tiny seashells and cool tide pools with the occasional hermit crab.

There's hardly ever anyone around in this area, it's almost like we have the place to ourselves. I love that the boys can be free to run ahead without us worrying too much, just as long as they stay a safe distance from the huge waves at the edge of the rocks. Usually, they run from pool to pool, wading and splashing about. This time, they found several tide pools just deep enough to lay down in to keep cool while basking in the mid-day sun. Talk about chilling out.

Eventually, the boys came back to the sand to build sand sculptures, inspired by a crocodile and turtle pair they saw on the Gold Coast a few days earlier.

Just as they were finishing up a race car, it began to spit. And then it came down harder. The weather is always so interesting here. It's usually bright and sunny, but the moment you see clouds, they roll in quickly and it rains. And not just some wimpy shower either. It comes down hard with droplets that feel like you're being pelted with pebbles.

By the time we got to the car, we were completely drenched but the rain had stopped and the sun came out. We decided to dry ourselves off and call it a day. Until next time...

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