A Point Fit for Kings

May 30, 2010 · 0 comments

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Long before we hit the road, one of our most often discussed must-see spots was Point Reyes National Seashore. Our love of all things “beach” was evident by the frequent trips we’d make to Fire Island National Seashore whenever we needed a reprieve from Manhattan. Naturally, no trip to the San Francisco area would be complete without strolling the sands of a gem like Point Reyes.

Today, we finally made it there!

Two-plus years into this adventure, the list of “we could definitely live here!” places is surprisingly short. But Point Reyes immediately went to the top of that list the moment we drove past the welcome sign. This is somewhere we could see staying for quite some time. There’s just something about this part of the California coast that touches us deep down, reaching into the soul. We could (and today, we did) sit for hours and hours all along the peninsula, watching the elephant seals wiggle their way up on shore, squeeze their enormous bodies in between a pile of other peacefully-sleeping seals, toss sand over themselves and any nearby buddy, and bark at one another all the while.

Cows by the ocean! Something about this juxtaposition just makes us laugh! The expansiveness of the ocean, the waves crashing against the craggy rock formations, the deep green grass . . . and almost everywhere we looked, cows! Peaceful, happy, lazy cows.

A quick trip to the lighthouse gave us an opportunity to learn about some of the intriguing history of the area, including its being home to the filming of the original horror flick “The Fog.” Despite some intense wind, the groups making the climb to and from the lighthouse all seemed to be having a blast. And really, how couldn’t they with type of rewards Nature was offering in every direction!

Our entire time here today was filled with an incredible variety of wildlife–just the way we like it! See more photos below and in our gallery.

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