This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to tag along with my 4th grade twins’ class on a visit to Pigeon Point Lighthouse, on the California coast.
I wasn’t one of the “lucky” parents selected in the lottery to be a chaperone, but I was able to book myself a private room at the lighthouse hostel, join in on all the daytime activities, and get some free time to run and hike.
After we arrived, two incredible outdoor educators, Emily (aka Dipper) and Fiona, gave us an enthusiastic welcome and got everyone psyched for the coming activities, which would include tide pooling (a short walk from the lighthouse), healthy meals prepared by (and cleaned up by) our kids, opportunities for free play, an exciting puppet show that evening, and day hikes and explorations the following two days.
The first afternoon, we walked about 1/4 of a mile North of the lighthouse for tide pooling. (click on any of the photos below to open a gallery of larger images)
After tide pooling, I got to sneak in a beautiful run while the kids had free time.
The kids cooked a delicious dinner before we watched the sunset over the Pacific.
Puppet Show! We learned a lot about elephant seals, to prepare us for our hike the next day.
The next morning, after breakfast, we packed up to visit Ano Nuevo State Beach, for a 4 mile roundtrip hike to check out the elephant seals.
After returning from Ano Nuevo, we hiked down to the beach near the lighthouse. I was a little tired, which is why I only took pictures of the kids who were right next to me. 🙂
We had another amazing dinner prepared for us, and I followed Elia, Stephen, and Declan around for some photo ops before I was to leave for the night and drive back to Truckee. Boo.
I highly recommend the Pigeon Point field trip, to add to any parent’s bucket list of field trips to NOT miss out on. 🙂