For my last blog post, I decided to go to a beach a little closer to home. I say a little because it was still about 45 minutes away from my home. The lens I’ll be using is a local/family tradition lens, because I’ll talk about a lot of the things I like to do at these beaches. I went to the “tidepools” section of Point Dume in Malibu. I say the tide pools section because really it feels like there’s three beaches in one. On the northern side of the point there’s Point Dume state beach. You can get access to this beach south of Zuma beach or hike down to it from the Point Dume Hike. The middle of point dume in between lots of rocks is pirate cove beach. It’s harder to get to this beach and there’s not as much room on the sand as a Zuma beach. It’s a smaller more romantic beach, in my opinion. And then south of the point there is the tidepools it’s the beach where a lot of local surfers go. The only way to really get to it is by taking the nature trail down the cliff and that’s when you approach the super rusty stairs that look really unsafe but if you walk down carefully, you’ll be fine.
One of my favorite things to do is hike to the top of point dume to whale watch. On earth day 2 years ago my brother and I went hiking there and he brought his drone. He actually caught amazing footage of whales migrating and playing in the water. It’s not a long hike to the top maybe 20 minutes or less. If I don’t spot any whales or dolphins after a while I will hike down to the tide pools. The hike down is maybe 20 minutes just depends how slowly you take the rusty stairs to the bottom.
The tidepools has “a vast rock field exposed at low tide with numerous shallow pools that house a wide variety of marine life. This area has huge numbers of aggregating and solitaire sea anemones, a few sea hares, sea stars along with a good variety of algae”(Californiatidepools.com) I love to walk along the rocks and look into each of the tidepools to try and find a sea star. I mostly only ever see anemones.