After visiting the bluffs near the Cave Store and seeing the seals down below, I was surprised that there was a part of the beach where you could get much closer! Just a little ways south was Scripps Park and La Jolla Cove. I wandered around on big rocks filled with tide pools full of sea life, especially hermit crabs. Dan and I have an inside joke about hermit crabs, and I’ll leave it at that, but I was very entertained. There were also several tunnels and caves to explore, guarded by huge pelicans.
South of Scripps Park is an area that was created for kids to swim in called the Children’s Pool. Because the wall that was put up to protect the beach did such a great job of creating a calm beach, the seals and sea lions made themselves right at home. Now the wall is an observation walkway, and kids can’t play on the beach. You could walk down on the beach, but because the seals and their babies were present they had it roped off so you couldn’t get too close.