Not only are we beachfront, often with a West Coast beach all to ourselves but we also have a great rock pool outcrop just off the beach, exposed at low tide.
The tide of late has been extremely low – in fact I don’t think we’ve seen so many of the rocks exposed. They have been there perhaps but I think caked in sand, certainly not as accessible or pretty looking as currently.
We’ve made the most of it and headed out onto the rocks for our walk the last couple of afternoons.
There is always an abundance of mussels covering the rocks and plenty of starfish. Since we are further out on the rocky outcrop we’ve also been able to get up close and personal with the bull kelp that clings to the larger rocks where the sea smashes in.
It is gorgeous out here – really peaceful. With little wind and a reasonable calm sea it is actually quite quiet with just the sound of that final wave pounding against the rocks and the flow of water streaming in the channels of the rocks where it can.
Some of the rock pools offer wonderful reflections with the clear water and bright starfish.
Other rock pools are a source of wonderment for the dogs, especially Ziggy. He seems fixated by something he thinks he has seen in the water turning into our “Paw fisherman”. They may be source of wonderment for Ziggy but he is a source of amusement for us. If something did move in the water he would run a mile as fast as he could – not known for his bravery our boy.
Nico and I just enjoy sitting here and watching with amusement. Honestly on nights like this I could just sit here all evening, it is so relaxing. Time to head back up though – haven’t had dinner yet and the tide is slowly making her way back in. It’s nice out here but don’t really want to get stuck……..
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and about exploring the many wonders of the West Coast, especially the beautiful yet ever-changing Nine Mile Beach, right in front of them.