Our neighbors always inspire us with their outdoor adventures. Where I overflow with curiosity, I lack in outdoor survival skills. Thankfully when we set out on this adventure, our neighbors gave us a few tips – wear tennies and watch the tide.
For years, I’ve wanted to explore a sea cave on the sea edge of the Terranea resort in Palos Verdes, CA. Ever since seeing Disney’s Pete’s Dragon. I instinctually knew that Elliott retired to California.
This summer, our neighbors came home with this…
…proof that large creatures, dragons even, live off our coasts.
After guilt tactics that Mommy always does what the kids want to do and now it’s my turn, promises of adventure, and one of possibly the best pretzels ever at Nelson’s, my kids finally agreed to help me hunt for Elliott.
Arriving at the trailhead, their pace quickened.
The seawalls growing higher around us opened revealing a little cove.
Immediately the kids were submerged in the beauty of nature and the magic of the adventure.
Lauren, my rock collector, hunted for a treasured memento.
We opted to look for smaller ones.
Carson found one with a chain link fence in it. Knowing it came from the top of the cliffs chilled us. Lauren found unique rock formations.
The kids skipped a few.
The day surpassed Carson’s relaxation goal.
The cave called us up the cliffs.
We stood at the open mouth.
The tide warned us to stay out – but, Carson leaped in.
The tide pushed him into the cave!
We gals vowed to return another time when the tide retreats.
After catching their breath in a cave and promising to not resist as hard next time I get a hair-brained idea,
we hiked back to civilization in search of cool refreshments.
With a name like that, curiosity wins, although the kids opted for standard options. While they weren’t thrilled with the flavor, it was all part satisfying our appetite for adventure!
We will return to the cave and explore deeper with head lamps! Plus we want to wander down another trail to take us closer to the bone yard.
Now, the kids can’t wait to see where we explore next.