The Tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument
My previous post about the Cabrillo National Monument, located in San Diego, provides a good overview of how to spend several hours enjoying the area.
The tidepools protected within the monument boundaries are the only ‘feature’ that is not within walking distance of the rest of the attractions. The area is located at sea level and accessed thru a somewhat windy road (just follow the signs).
Now, here is the thing. The word tidepool may evoke visions of kids running around puddles of water in search of sea creatures. Fine. There are some kids jumping around and getting excited every time the waves reach their feet.
Anyway, that is no reason to miss the area (i.e. don’t leave without checking it out). To be honest, the area where people can get in contacts with the ocean is small. That particular spot can get crowded. So, give it a quick look and move on to the main course.
Once you start walking in the north direction, you are going to encounter carved cliffs exploding with colors. It is like somebody cut the stones with precision and stacked the resulting layers one over another.
There are also caves, boulders, patches of vegetation, wildflowers and plenty of birds. Other parts are reminiscence of badlands (or what I like to call melting badlands). I have observed similar formations on the Torrey Pines Natural Reserve and around the Sunset Cliffs.
If you need more reasons to visit, here are some photos to convince you. Enjoy!
Have you visited tidepools like these?