On Sunday, June 8th, the low tide was -.7 feet at 9:34. The preceding day it had been something like -1.4 at 8:30, but Bill had a conflict, so we decided to try the hike from McClure's beach to Kehoe Beach, by way of Elephant Cave and the two keyholes. Route directions taken from one of Phil Arnot's books, "Point Reyes - Secret Places and Magic Moments. Tide was -.7 feet at 9:34, we started an hour before (EXIF timestamps are on Pacific Standard Time, not PDT).
Dave holding a starfish that's firmly attached to a musselTraversing the first point, this is where it started to feel like we were off the trail and getting a little hairyTraversing the first point, this is where it started to feel like we were off the trail and getting a little hairyHitting the first tidepoolElephant Cave, the first section of point that we had to go through by going through the rocksElephant Rock, Bill remarked that it was like something Disney would do, except not quite so blatantMore elephant rockMore elephant rockMore elephant rockMore elephant rockMore elephant rockBill and Charley after elephant caveMore elephant rockMore elephant rockMore elephant rockExploring first beachExploring first beachExploring first beachEven more elephant rockExploring first beach moreA crabNeat RocksAt this point I think the tide had just turned. Lisa had just gotten drenched by a big wave, and Charley was back taking pictures and Bill and I were starting to get a little nervousI went back to find Charley and got distracted by the really cool rock crusted with starfish and anemone that Lisa had been taking pictures of when she got drenchedImage:McClureToKehoeHikeStarfishAndAnemoneOnRocks2.JPGImage:McClureToKehoeHikeStarfishAndAnemoneOnRocks3.JPGImage:McClureToKehoeHikeStarfishAndAnemoneOnRocks4.JPGImage:McClureToKehoeHikeStarfishAndAnemoneOnRocks5.JPGImage:McClureToKehoeHikeStarfishAndAnemoneOnRocks6.JPGImage:McClureToKehoeHikeStarfishAndAnemoneOnRocks7.JPGImage:McClureToKehoeHikeStarfishAndAnemoneOnRocks8.JPGThe rock seam that caused all of those cool rocks earlier, which was what Charley was back looking atToo late in the season for waterWe got to the first keyholeReally cool tidepool in the first keyholeMaking our way through the keyholeMost of the starfish were clumped together in the water, this one was lying up dry on a rock, Geoffrey helped it back into the waterThe traversal to the second keyhole was kind of hairy, and I was glad to get to it, but when I did it looked small enough that I had a moment of thinking "oh, crap, we're going to have to go out and traverse the point in the waterAt last, on Kehoe beach