Published On: Sat, Jul 31st, 2021

Tide Pools, Seascapes, and a Fairy-Tale Grove

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If you long to escape your surroundings, enter another world, and observe strange little creatures, the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in San Mateo County, California, can’t be beat. Recently, I proposed an early morning day trip to the tide pools, and to my joy, my teenagers consented to go along. You have to go when the tide is low—one foot or less. This leaves about an hour on either end of the optimal time to explore the pools and view the tiny creatures within. Don’t bother going when the tide is high; it covers all the rocks and leaves hardly a strip of beach. Consult the Half Moon Bay tide forecast table to plan your trip. We saw lots of sea anemones, snails, hermit crabs, small fish, and occasional chitons. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any starfish. They are still recovering from the sea star wasting disease that began in 2013, devastating …

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