Saturday, August 13, 2011

Point Reyes National Seashore, CA

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area has many advantages. Just one of those is the close vicinity to so many varied and scenic places. What do you want to see - vibrant cities, pristine beaches, towering redwoods, charming vineyards, peaceful wetlands, rolling golden hills dotted with giant oaks? You name it, and we probably have it all here...just an hour or so away from most Bay Area neighborhoods.

So, with the first day of work rapidly approaching, three of my colleagues and I decided to take advantage of the wealth of sightseeing options available to us, and thus we set out to Point Reyes National Seashore to explore the coastline and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze.

Sunshine guided us all the way to the quaint little town of Point Reyes Station, but once we traveled the narrow, winding road leading to the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse, the sun disappeared and heavy fog started rolling in. Fortunately, as is usually the case, by early afternoon the fog lifted and blue skies and sunshine reappeared and brightened our visit.

Come take a look at some of the sights we enjoyed...

Tomales Bay...

Point Reyes Station...






Some scenes along the shoreline...











The lookout above the lighthouse...

Pt. Reyes Lighthouse...
unfortunately it was closed on the day we visited,
so we couldn't descend the narrow steps...




Looking northward along Point Reyes Beach...


Drake's Beach...



While living here in the SF Bay Area is very expensive and at times stressful, it's all worth it when you take the time to explore its beautiful natural environment. What more could you ask for?

4 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is a great post. I have been there so many times that all your pictures are so familiar to me. Yet for those in other parts of the country, or world it is all new to them. You did real well in showing our backyard treasure.

Rosie@travel-i-tales said...

This is a lovely set of photos, giving us an idea of the attractions of Point Reyes. Thank you for sharing.
Rosie

Briarside Lane said...

OH.... I almost DIDN'T LOOK!!! ...but could not resist! This is one of the places I haven't visited yet in our few trips to the bay area! I knew your photos would be beautiful. Hurry September!!! Blessed Sunday...Karen

Joyful said...

Just beautiful. Your photos really make me want to visit.