McClures Beach, Point Reyes

Yesterday, I went on an adventure to Point Reyes with my friend Mara.  We stopped at the visitor’s center and the guide recommended heading 19 miles north in the park towards the Tule Elk Preserve.  She advised us against going if we could see that it was foggy past the first bend, and it was, but we didn’t care–we were committed.  We decided to head to McClures Beach first, which is just down a hill from the trail head for the Tule Elk Preserve.  It’s a very short hike to the beach.  When we got there, it was white out–you could barely differentiate the sky from the water.  We watched the waves crash as did the birds, who squawked every time the tide came near their feet.  We walked to the south end of the beach, climbed through the rocks and discovered a second beach, where we climbed up onto some rocks and ate lunch.  When we came back through the narrow opening, the sun had appeared.

© Sarah Milstein 2015

Point Reyes, California

And now, my favorite part of the road trip to Point Reyes Lighthouse: The cows!

Take Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for what feels like an eternity.  Once you arrive at the Lighthouse parking lot, walk 0.4 miles up the hill.  There’s another sign at the top warning visitors that the climb to the Lighthouse is the equivalent of a 30-story building.  I thought that was an exaggeration until I had to climb back up it.  Bring a bottle of water and a jacket, it was windy!

© Sarah Milstein 2014

Highway 1, California

I left San Francisco this morning intending to head to Tomales Bay to take photographs, eat oysters, and maybe hike, but I got sidetracked after seeing a sign for the Point Reyes Lighthouse, which took me on a 22 mile detour.  What can I say?  I’m a sucker for lighthouses.

I clearly took the least efficient route to get to Tomales (err, Point Reyes).  I drove on Highway 1, which has breathtaking views.  (Pay attention to the road though, or you’ll end up driving off a cliff.)  The winding highway takes you through fragrant eucalyptus trees, past Stinson Beach, and through Bolinas Lagoon Nature Preserve where if you’re lucky, you’ll see seals, hawks, crows, and other birds I can’t name.  I also saw a dead skunk on the road.  And then I smelled him for some time thereafter.

The 22 mile drive to the Lighthouse was quite beautiful and I’ve never seen so many happy cows.  Point Reyes Lighthouse and cow photos are forthcoming.

© Sarah Milstein 2014