The small hike down to the beach is worth it. The low tide gives many promises to a long vast land of sand, stone, and life. The beach is very flat, or so it seems, when the tide is high. When the tide is low, however, you will see many mountains of rocks. The rocks will take you way out into the ocean, far enough from the norm for a person to feel as if they are in a different land.
Your success as a beach-goer is determined by time. In the two pictures above, there are sea anemones sun bathing on a rock (which also happens to be their home). If it were not low tide, I would not have been able to share this beautiful picture with you. During low tide, you can truly see the beauty of other living things that are more unknown to us than we ever knew before. The sea shells on the sea anemone body camouflage it to look as if it is part of the sand and part of the rock. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you’ll see hundreds of anemones grouped together.
Point St. George beach is a great place to bring family during the low tide… or anytime! The beach is flat so running and playing is easy. All kids, teenagers, and adults, thoroughly enjoy finding the wildlife in a place as simple as under a rock.
How do I know when it is low tide?
Google knows everything! (Well, usually.) Just search for “tides in *Crescent City, CA*” or any beach city you are in. “Tide forecast” or “tide schedule” would also be good terms to use. To read the tide chart, just read the first column and find the time frame you are going to the beach. The following columns in that row will tell you positive “+” or negative “-” numbers. The lower the number, the lower the tide!
All photographs taken by me, Arielle deGarcia.