“Tidepooling” – Mac Kerricher State Park – Fort Bragg, California

We survived our night parked on the side of the road with about 3 other overnight RV’s. Perhaps they also had no reservations. We drove back to Mac Kerricher State Park first thing in the morning so we could enjoy a view of the foggy coast with our breakfast.

After breakfast, we went on a lovely little stroll along a wooden boardwalk. If you happen upon the same little stroll, we recommend keeping left at the fork, then you will end with the tide pools.

We walked down a flight of stairs to the beach and tide pools. We just happened to arrive at the perfect tide-level for tidepooling. On the way to the tide pools, I just had to photograph the beautiful shiny bulb seaweed on the gravely sand.

We were able to find several little animals in the tide pools. I didn’t get a photo of the crab or tiny fish, they were just too fast for me.

Hermit crabs
Green anemone
Green anemone cluster

There is just nothing like natural outdoor education. Marine biology lesson ✅

Our spontaneous, unplanned weekend getaway was truly homeschooling at its finest.

We hope you are able to enjoy the great outdoors near you sometime soon. Perhaps you could even go on an unplanned overnight adventure! Thank you so much for following us or stopping by for a visit!

7 thoughts on ““Tidepooling” – Mac Kerricher State Park – Fort Bragg, California

    1. This was my husband’s and my kids’ first tidepool experience. I completely freaked them out by ever so gently brushing the tentacles of an anemone with the tip of my finger, making it suddenly close up tight! That is how they catch small animals to eat. I was lucky to live close enough to the beach to visit once or twice a year growing up. My uncle, aunt and cousins lived in Crescent City, CA on the CA/OR border right by the ocean. We went tidepooling a lot.

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  1. What a great way to start homeschooling! Hands-on learning stays with the kids and gives them more appreciation of nature.
    I’ve always loved to visit tidepools, but I couldn’t go for a few years after I fell on my back hitting my head on a rock in La Jolla Cove. I told my husband I would only go again if I could wear a helmet. I’m very careful on the rocks now and mind my steps.
    Here’s a link to my post about it: https://singlikewildflowers.com/2018/05/23/who-knew-the-dangers-of-tide-pools/
    Nice pictures of your finds. If you want to check another tidepool place, there’s a nice one called Pillar’s Point at Half Moon Bay. It’s a bit of walk to it from the parking lot, but great finds once there.
    Have a great weekend and hope you guys are well and safe!!

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    1. Aiy Yai Yai! You poor thing! That was a scary story of Tidepooling gone awry!
      I remembered it when we went tidepooling again this past weekend and my daughter said that she was feeling “uncomfortable and didn’t want to go this time”. I just smiled and said OK sweetie and we headed back off of the rocks right away. Hopping on slippery rocks really isn’t something you should do unless you’re feeling confident about it. It’s not something you should try and push. Thank you for sharing your story!

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      1. It still gives me the creeps thinking about that day. But one valuable thing I learned was to be more mindful of preventing accidents before they happen. I still go ahead of myself and think my balance and coordination are better than they really are.
        That’s great your daughter articulated her feelings and you understood her fears. Yes, slippery rocks are the worst and there’s not much to break the fall.
        Thanks for reading my story and commenting. It’s something I want tidepooling fans to be aware of.

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