Tidepooling a -4.6 tide uncovered some awesome finds, including a giant pacific octopus and a Christmas anemone eating a fish.
|The Jakolof Dock and beach at a low low tide|
|Tidepooling involved moving aside the kelp to find cool things|
|A pincushion with unusually long spines|
|An anemone made its home in an old clam shell|
|Thanks, Jen Aist, for a picture of this anemone eating a fish!|
With the tide extremes, low and high tides were very different, and made a difference in how many boats could fit at the dock without going dry during the low tide.
|The dock at high tide--no beach!|
|Our tidepooling area is completely covered in water at high tide.|
And a video of the dock and beach; lots of beach at this low tide.
The bike ride to Seldovia to get ice cream reminded me that it is not an easy ride--lots of hills! It sure is fun going down those said hills though!!
|A great view of Grace Ridge from the Seldovia road|
|Looking towards the MacDonald Spit by Jakolof Bay from the Seldovia Road|
It took them 2 hours to bike/walk to "the bridge" at the base of Red Mountain. From there they ditched the bikes and explored, finding a 30-foot-deep mine shaft. The ride back was an hour, testament to the effect of the 1500 foot elevation gain from the dock to the mountain. They enjoyed their expedition and want to do it again, spending more time up there to explore.
The folks from Anchorage who joined us kayaked from the Spit to Jakolof. They forgot their map so only had a GPS, and the tide was coming in and the afternoon wind came up, so it made for a seven hour, 19 mile paddle. While they were experienced paddlers, they had never kayaked in Kachemak Bay before so without the map they couldn't tell if islands were bays, which made it a bit longer than if they'd known the route. But they were pleased with the challenge. I don't hear about many folks who paddle from Homer across the bay since it is 3 miles from the tip of the spit to Gull Island, and then more to mainland past the island. They did it though so kudos to them.
All in all, in was an amazing weekend to be across the bay!