While headed to Tomales Point Trail I saw a sign and a dot on the map for “Heart’s Desire Beach.” Well friends, the gimmick worked. I had to check it out and boy am I glad I did. This beach is on the Tomales Bay side of the peninsula not the ocean side so the waters were calm and quiet and serene. The cove was lovely and the stair stepped walk to the picnic overlook was stunning. I came for the ocean waves and was pleasantly surprised by this lovely little beach. I can’t wait to take my son to play here away from the dangers of the breaking waves and the shifting tides. As I was leaving people were dropping in their paddle boards to check out the quiet coast…
As a follow up to my Tomales Point Trail – End of the Earth | Bulldog Travels post I wanted to share photos of the initial part of the hike called Pierce Point Dairy. Much of the area is or was historic dairy land. I must admit I am jealous of the view the cows in the area get for sure. Historic dairies dot the park in both Tomales Bay State Park and Point Reyes National Sea Shore including this old dairy where the buildings have been maintained or restored. It’s a fun spot to start the hike and a welcome vision on the return trip. While there are cows all over the park and the national seashore there were none present at this dairy likely having something to do with the Elk Preserve. But it didn’t stop me from enjoying the rustic buildings. #HAPPYCOWS
On New Year’s Eve I bid 2020 adieu by hiking the Tomales Point trail in Tomales Bay State Park. This spectacular hike is about 9.5 miles round trip. (It felt like a lot longer truth be told.) Most of the hike is very easy and reasonably level. However, the trail gets a bit fast and lose at the end likely because many don’t hike the entire thing. And be ready for the wind sailors because there is plenty of it.
Much of the trail is in a Tule Elk preserve. I was hoping to maybe see one Elk. Well, I saw upwards towards fifty as well as a happy, fluffy, and comfortable coyote. The Elk were not even the slightest bit concerned with the many hikers paying them attention. Although While standing trying to take photos I saw a few who were pretty brazen getting a little too close for comfort if you ask me.
One needs to travel to Tomales Bay State park which is just outside of Inverness, Point Reyes and drive to the end of the earth. From there you hike about five miles to get literally to the end of the earth. You will be rewarded with a gorgeous ocean view, a view across the Bay to Dillon’s Beach (Bodega Bay), and a look down the gorgeous Tomales Bay.
The only question is why I haven’t done this any sooner.
Happy New Year everyone.
It’s never felt better to say Happy New Year Everyone! Many thanks to all of you for taking some of your precious time to read and visit my blog in 2020. I hope I was able to play some tiny part in making this rough year more tolerable for all of you particularly those of you who were housebound for all or much of the year.
Included below are links to a few of my most visited blogs from the 2020 plus maybe a few of my favorites peppered in for balance! It feels like I haven’t been anywhere in 2020 or seen anything but this little exercise going through my photos and posts certainly says different. (So thanks for that.) Cheers for a better 2021 wherever you are! Be Healthy and Happy Travels wherever you go.