Saturday, May 8, 2010

Bowling Ball Beach

I had a great time last week. Near where I live there is a place called Bowling Ball Beach. I've often seen photos of it, but I've never been there. I tried to find it once, but failed and just had a nice walk on the beach!

I somehow knew that my friend Harmony would know about this beach. The best time to visit it is an extreme low tide, otherwise the rocks are covered by the water.

So we found a day when a low tide came at a convenient time (i.e., daylight) and set off for the beach. After walking down a path, we continued on a path which was marked "Trail Closed." Quite the rogues, aren't we!

The trail led to a sort of rope ladder down to the beach, which was a little tricky, and, since it's spring time, another tricky part was crossing the "little" stream by climbing on rocks, and over huge downed logs.

A little more walking on the beach, and we were there!

Many, many, many large rounded rocks. I'd say that most of them are about three feet in diameter.

Such weird geological formations on this beach. The photo at right shows the layers of rocky sediment, and how it was pushed up to almost vertical. You can see that the lines of rock continue down into the sand.

At left are the "English muffin" rocks. They look just like muffin tops, sticking out of the rocky cliff!

And then we came across this lone rock surrounded by dried sea kelp. I think it looks like an egg in a nest.

See the beautiful swirls in this piece of rock! I kept discovering new beautiful and weird formations at every step!

And here you see a happy MissesStitches, happy because
she's finally seen the bowling balls. That, and the fact that she hadn't yet slipped on a rock and put one foot in the water!

Here is a link to some more information about Bowling Ball Beach.


  1. Glad you weren't wearing your Toms down there!

  2. Yes, that's a good thing, Pam! Fortunately, I was wearing my awesome waterproof hiking boots, so I didn't even have a wet foot. Also, I wisely got wet on the way out, rather than on the way in!

  3. Thanks for inspiring the adventure! I had a blast!!

  4. Wasn't that a great day, Harmony!