|The aptly named "Rock," |
of Morro Bay.
This is a selection of some of the pieces we found on the beaches of the area ad a little about them.
These are the 2 best fish fossils we collected. We didn't spend much time looking for these though (sadly. maybe next time). These are found in the sandstone and limestone eroding out of the cliffs and onto the beach. Collecting should not be attempted directly on any of the cliff faces, rangers probably wouldn't like that. There is however plenty of material laying around the bases of the cliffs though. It was easy work as well, taking just a few simple taps on the edge of the stones and they split nicely.
Looking North along the beach we spotted the familiar arched forms of the species, rockhound, at play. Their mark was obvious. Even from a distance the green of the serpentine and where it was eroding out of the cliffs quite apparent. Now, serpentine is not the key collectible here, jade is, and it seems that it is found amongst the serpentine. The action of the surf does most of the work here, rolling the rocks around and making them generally presentable.
|Willow Creek Beach|
About a mile or so south of Jade Cove in Big Sur is this gem of a beach. Most of the popular jade collecting beaches in the area require quite a hike to get down to, but Willow Creek has a small parking lot down near the beach. Considering we were hoping to find some jade, not having to hike back up a dangerous and winding trail weighed down with loot sounded much less like "work," we were on vacation after all. The waters of Willow Creek peter out a few hundred yards from the beach, but they no doubt meet the sea just under the surface.