Yesterday, my husband John and I went to Lover’s Cove in Pacific Grove (on Monterey Bay) with ten kids from the SMUM (Santa Maria Urban Ministry) Studio after school program. We have been weekly tutors for these kids (and their brothers and sisters and cousins and friends) for three school years. During the summers, we and the other teachers take them on field trips. Last year, we went with the Studio kids to The Tech Museum of Innovation, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the San Francisco Zoo. This year, they voted for the beach, Gilroy Gardens, and Raging Waters water park.
We had a great time at the beach. John and I brought our wet suits and showed the kids the tidal animals: anemones, crabs, barnacles, chitons, and snails. Then, we rented a kayak and I took them on individual tours of the cove so they could see seaweed, starfish and seagulls on the rocks. Lewis and Lawrence and the kids and we had a wonderful time. On the way home, we were held up by a family of Canada Geese which decided to walk down the middle of the road in front of us.
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