Tomales Point Trail Dairy

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. 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

Tomales Point Trail – End of the Earth

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.

Wide Open Walls 916 – Random

Happy New Year everyone. I am thankful and grateful for your readership and your comments and your friendship. I hope the final week of 2020 is a good one for all of you and we can collectively wish a better 2021 to each other. I hope 2021 brings health and travel to all of my restless and wanderlusting blogger friends. Cheers and Happy Travels everyone!

Donner Train Tunnel Petroglyphs

While walking up to the Donner Train Tunnels from where we parked we were perplexed as to why there were perfectly manicured rock trails seemingly where there should not be any. We started poking around and realized we had walked right past some pretty epic petroglyphs. I say pretty epic because there aren’t a whole lot of them around this area. Apparently the area was knows as a region where various groups of American Indian groups would gather and trade. The petroglyphs were thought to have noted the meeting spots with meaningful images.

Donner Train Tunnels

The Donner Train tunnels are a fun day trip from Sacramento. Located near Donner Ski Ranch one can hike through one tunnel or all of the tunnels for about an eight to nine mile trek if you go the distance. It gets pretty damp, dark and cold so be prepared. Last year we went and everything was covered in snow and ice with monstrous ice cycles. This year we managed to visit right before Halloween and before the first real snow of the season. Lots of art can be seen although none too noteworthy. I found the patterns of the ceilings to be interesting and the tunnel lighting to be fun. This was a great socially distant COVID day trip/hike.