|Point Reyes National Seashore, California|
Surprisingly close to the Bay Area, you feel a world away in the coastal town of Inverness, entering a part of California that seems from another era. Just the drive to the coast is worth the trip. After leaving the East Bay, we utilized the Nicasio Valley Road route. Other scenic options include taking Sir Francis Drake Blvd through San Rafael or going through Mill Valley and Stinson beach via Highway 1.
|Looking East across Tomales Bay from "downtown" Inverness|
The topography of the area is defined by the San Andreas fault, and the collision of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates that slice their way through the Pacific edge of California. The fault line runs from Bolinas and Stinson beach to the south, following Highway 1 and then diving back into the water, forming the large and narrow Tomales Bay (think Baja California but upside down.)
|Forster's Terns at Abbott's Lagoon|
|Looking across Tomales Bay from Tomales Bay State Park|
|There are still a few working farms on the land, and cows grazing, harking back to a true California of old.|
|Tidal flats photographed in black and white at Drake's Estuary|
|Several trails in Point Reyes allow bike riding.|
After our respective exercise regimens were checked off the to-do list on some pretty cool trails, we headed back to our studio. Sandwiches were picked up at the IP market and we were able to enjoy these at Chicken Ranch Beach (did I mention the Tri Tip?)
|Even in mid-June there were still plenty of wildflowers in bloom.|
|Sand dunes await at the mouth of Abbott's lagoon, which then stretch onto the actual coastline and Point Reyes Beach.|
Dinner that night was in Inverness at the Salt Water Oyster depot. Despite being at the edge of civilization, the food was excellent. We enjoyed the local oysters, as well as scallops, and clams (linguini) and shrimp (cassoulet). When in Rome...
Sunday morning arrived sooner than we would have wished, and after cleaning up and checking out, we had one last dive into the National Seashore trail system, this time at the Estero trail head to a system of trails (most of them bike-able) surrounding Drake's Estero. This offered more views of the tidal estuary along mostly brush covered coastline.
|On the Estero trail we caught several white tail deer and their fawns as it was "fawn season".|
|A short hike at Tomales Bay State Park to Indian Beach led to several reproductions of cone shaped Miwok bark shelters as part of a cultural exhibit.|
|An unusual thistle like plant along the trail to Abbott's Lagoon|
|Lupins along Drake's estuary along the Estero trail|
With only a small amount of traffic leaving Oakland, it took us around 1 hour, 20 minutes to get from the Bay Area to Inverness and Point Reyes. For a map of Point Reyes click HERE. I hope you enjoy this report and are able to experience this area of California for yourself.
|Abandoned fishing boat providing the classic Inverness snapshot|