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Live Like Doug Tidepool Tour

Written By Lauren Bergloff, Terranea’s Sustainability Leader and Naturalist

On Sunday, April 9, I had the pleasure of leading a tide pool tour on behalf of Terranea Resort for the “Live Like Doug” Organization. My father, Andy Bergloff, grew up in Hermosa Beach next door to an amazing man named Doug Schneider. They had a fun-filled childhood and would skateboard, surf, and enjoy life by the beach together. “Live Like Doug” was inspired by the memory and extraordinary life of Doug Schneider and started by his wife, Christine Schneider. It is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of kids after the loss of a loved one.

My long-time family friend, Cindy Duffy, approached me a few months ago asking about possible Terranea sponsorship for the foundation. I selfishly wanted to be involved, so I pushed for one of my favorite Terranea activities: a tide pool tour. The tide pool tour was organized for LLD’s social circle program, which is a monthly social meet-up group with organized activities that encourage interaction, fun, and friendship for kids and their families.

Mary Schafer, our photographer for the day and one of our hotel naturalists, and I walked along the vibrant native plant trails to meet the group at Pelican Cove. Pelican Cove is located in between Terranea Resort and the Point Vicente Lighthouse. It is a great place to go tide pooling when the low tide is at 0 feet or below. The low tide was about 0 feet at 3:20PM so we decided to start our adventure around 2PM to see the most sea life! We were greeted warmly by Cindy and Christine and the kids played with bubbles while we waited for the rest of the group to arrive.

On our journey down to the ocean, we stopped along the trail to try some wild mustard which tastes like wasabi! Once we got down to the shore, we were able to explore the natural environment. We found sea hares, sea urchins, sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea stars, sculpins, and so much more! The thing I like most about tide pooling is that it is interesting and intriguing at any age. The harder you look at one tide pool, the more animals you are able to see!

After tide pooling, we made our journey up the hill and on to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center. We stumbled upon some goats in the field! Every spring, the city of Rancho Palos Verdes “hires” a group of goats to do their best work: eating! They move a fence from place to place and the goats eat away all the plants that could potentially aid in a wildfire. This is a more sustainable option than using lawn mowers or weed whackers, plus goats are able to eat plants in most hard to reach places!

We ended our adventure with a quick snack at the Interpretive Center while watching gray whales migrate north. A perfect way to spend a Sunday, if you ask me!

To enroll a child or find out more about “Live Like Doug,” go to www.livelikedoug.org or email Christine at christine@livelikedoug.org.


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