A hike by the ocean. Is there any better way to spend the day?
This was where the Carmel River tries to meet the ocean. I got confused and didn’t know where exactly the river and sandbar were and so we ended up making a wrong turn. In hindsight, it looks perfectly clear where the sandbar is in this background.
There were so many pelicans. I never get tired of seeing them. But my iPhone never captures them very well.
Charlotte had fun flying around like the birds…
The trail started at these stairs…
We saw quite a lot of runners. I should come back here on my own!
Charlotte fell down and scraped up her hand. I took my wallet, some snacks, water, a copy of the trail map and chapstick. Next time I will add a mini first aid kit.
As you can see, it wasn’t that bad, but she wouldn’t stop crying and demanded to go home so we stopped for a snack. That was when I checked out the map and noticed we had gone too far. We turned around and then I read the landmark at the end of the trail: Portola Crespi Cross. Ohhhhhh… the gigantic cross that we pointed at 15 minutes earlier. And look. There’s the Carmel River. I’ll make sure and read the trail information next time.
Turns out the sand bar was the big sand hill right near the parking lot, the very first thing we walked on. The kids had fun rolling down it.
Ana and Charlotte cleaned out their shoes in the van. Note to self: clean out girl’s shoes before getting in van.
This is hike #46 from my Monterey Hikes list.
Hiking distance: 1 mile round trip
Hiking time: 30 minutes (actually took us 1.5 hours)
Elevation gain: 50 feet
Exposure: open coast
Hiking buddies: The girls.
Would you do it again? Definitely.
What would you do differently? Plan to spend more time so the kids can play in the sand and take my Nikon.