Short visit near sunset

Looking over Natural Bridges State Beach towards the lone remaining arch.
User: Austin Explorer - 5/12/2016

Location: Natural Bridges State Beach

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Miles Hiked: 0.47 Mile  Elapsed Time: 44 minutes

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Coppertone and I dropped by this park after having eaten in town and did a quick stroll along the shore as the sun was setting.  After taking a picture of the arch from the sandy beach (of course!) we walked along the rocky shelf of land just above the Pacific.  In a couple of places we walked just to the edge of the water spray as the waves crashed into the rock.

We could have spent quite a bit more time just looking at the waves and birds in the water.  Of particular interest to us were the ducks bobbing on the water, each of which would dive under water just before a large wave approached.



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