We recently went on an annual Biology trip with Joey and his Sophomores to Morro Bay. If you are just joining in, you can read about our first day here. Today, I will be sharing Day 2 of our trip.
Thursday morning, all who wanted, were able to go ocean kayaking. There is a Marina within walking distance from our camp. It’s a little pricey so we usually send only one of our kids with Joey. Caleb went with Daddy again this year, since Sophia didn’t want to go, and he saw countless seals and collected small sand dollars.
We watched them for a bit and then we went on a short walk to the beach.
We walked back to the camp and Sophia did a little nature journaling of the leaves she collected while we waited for the kayakers.
After lunch, we drove up to see the elephant seals. It is often very educational to watch these seals.
Some years they are more entertaining to watch than others; the males often adding a little drama by fighting over territory. This year, we were not witness to much fighting. They seemed rather tired or bored, well, not completely bored. February is breeding season as well, and the elephant seals never fail to educate my children in the art of mating.
While there, someone spotted a bald eagle off in the distance so the scopes came out.
After much discussion and pouring over field guides, it was decided that this was a juvenile bald eagle. I was able to take a video of it through the scope feasting on a decaying elephant seal lying on the beach.
Caleb has a bucket list of animals he wants to see in the wild so he was excited to be able to scratch this one off of his list.
After the elephant seals, we went tide pooling at Lampton Cliffs County Park. .
Little Livie was done tide pooling after a bit so we headed back up to the cliff so sit and wait.
The view was breath-taking but she started getting a little fidgety so we had some fun taking selfies. This girl makes my heart sing…
And then she picked some of what our kid’s call “sour-flowers”. They chew on the sour stems.
And then we were able to see this magnificent sun set into the ocean.
After tide pooling, we went out to eat, back to camp, and into our tents to bed; after reading another chapter out of Treasures of the Snow
by Patricia St. John.