Happy Monday, RMT’ers! I thought I’d start out the week with some pretty pictures for all of you to look at as you return to the weekly grind of whatever it is you do, along with tell you about a nice little local find and afternoon we had a few days ago.
Friday was C’s day off, so we got to spend the afternoon together as a family. And what better way to do that than to grab some sandwiches, hit a playground, and then head down to the beach. We hadn’t been over to San Pedro in a while, and thanks to my friend Richie, I’d just learned about some really fun and easy-access tide pools that we could explore. Well, we already knew of a great sandwich shop and playground over there we’d been wanting to get back to… add in a few tide pools and that sounded like a lovely day to me anyway!
After we finished our sandwiches and T got some energy out at the playground in White Point’s Bluff Park, we headed on down to the tide pools. White Point Park’s Tide Pools in San Pedro are pretty easy to find (you can find detailed directions here). You can either park up top for free on weekdays near the playground and walk down the paved road to the beach below (fair warning, though a short, straight walk, it is a fairly steep grade), or you can pony up $5 down below and park right next to the tide pools and beach (fair warning, this is uber-convenient and just a dozen or so steps to the tide pools).
Once out on White Point, you can head out as far from or as close to the pebbled shoreline as you like. I preferred to stay on the concrete foundation of the former Royal Palms Hotel, which was a spa resort with hot sulfur pools predating the 1920s. The hotel fell victim to storms, pounding surf, and an earthquake in 1933, and now all that remains are majestic palms, garden terraces, and remnants of its concrete foundation scattered over the White Point Park area.
Along with the brimming sea life at White Point (mostly hermit crabs on this day out), there’s also quite the collection of stones and rocks. That gave the boys plenty to do: C got to dig for rocks, and T got to climb them.
We’ll definitely return to White Point Park and its tide pools again soon. I’ll just have to be sure to check the tide charts next time so we can take in more of the park and more of the beauty that it offers.