Thursday, July 15, 2010

Seaweed at Tolmie State Park


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On Monday, I shared about the crabs at Tolmie State Park near Olympia, WA. Today I'm focusing on the seaweed.

When we went to the beach at Tolmie State Park the tide was very low, approximately -3.1, and we walked as far out on the beach as we could. We enjoyed ourselves, we really did. One thing you should know, though, is that the beach is very wet and there is a lot of seaweed in the water. Thank goodness I had read a review of the beach before going that mentioned the beach being wet and that suggested wearing a pair of shoes you don't mind getting wet. That's very good advice!

When we thought about it too much it seemed kind of gross walking through all the wet seaweed, and there was a smell, too, that wafted up while we carefully traveled by foot through the water, but overall we had a fun time and learned a lot. There is a river there that flows into the ocean, and we noticed that the water is more clear in that area.

There is a drier area closer to shore where children can play in the sand, there are rocks to look under to find little crabs, and there are sand dollars (the dark ones are alive so be gentle with them). You can bring a beach chair or sit on a log and relax in the sun and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It's a nice place to be. Please note, though, that if you like to search for sea glass, this beach doesn't really have any.

Here are some pictures of the low tide and the seaweed!

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