We visited Abalone Cove right after our visit to the Wayfarer’s Chapel along the California Coastline near Portuguese Bend. Some sequences of Inception (one of my favorite films) were filmed in this area. As we drove into the park the guy in the booth was playing his guitar (which made me smile). I wonder if he is an aspiring musician of maybe just playing and singing for the love. As you can see from the shot above the geology is stunning. You can see where the sand and gravel ends and where the bedrock is exposed along the beach. Perhaps my favorite geologic feature in Abalone Cove is the angled bedding of the rock as you can see below. It reminds me of the pages of an open book.
In each of the cracks you can find aquatic life. These things are very squish and close when disturbed.
Some shots of the family playing!
Some of Nate’s pure energy is oozing out of him in this picture. The water is so much fun!
The beautiful rocks around the cove continually drew my eye.
Nate came with me to explore the cliffs. So amazing! The veins of minerals in the rocks were actually somewhat sharp!
And here are a couple of videos of the kids playing at the beach to round off this blog post. Access to the beach is not too difficult. There is even a small area of managed beach (we didn’t spend any time there). If you want to walk down to the tide pools and the area where we took these photos be prepared for about 1/3 of a mile walk to get down there. I’ve included a map of the area below the videos.