One of my favorite adventures on the north coast of California is finding secret beaches. Known to a few lucky souls or known to many; what makes them secret is the absence of a sign pointing the way. Not even one of those “coastal access” signs that dot Highway 1.
Secret beach #3 is a black sand beach. Its only means of approach is a hidden stairway from the headlands above. Or one could venture along from another beach only during an unusually low tide.
I enjoyed a day of wonder on my secret beach and a smart little creature near the tide mark.
Walking back along the tide mark I came across a little rock crab probably washed to shore by the last wave. On my approach it raised its claws to protect itself.
Each day I venture outdoors, not once do I think “ah, this is what I will encounter today.” I do, however, venture forth with a sense of excitement and awe.
I am always rewarded!