The weather did one of those things it does in the winter that is nothing short of miraculous. It was 74 degrees (23 degrees Celsius or so) in January on the coast of California. So I did what it seems every single other person in the Bay area did and hit the beach. Because I am obsessed with Point Reyes National Seashore right now I visited a beach I had never been to and wasn’t disappointed, Kehoe Beach. It’s a bit of a drive on a rough road to get there. A good parking lot connects to a trail where one walks on a well maintained trail for over a mile to be rewarded with crashing waves and an estuary next to a great set of sand dunes. (All make for safe and fun play for my little one.) I know this might seen ironic to some of my friends who aren’t from around here but many, if not most, of the beaches in this area are not safe to get in the water. The undertows are so strong it will suck you out and you will never be seen again…We played in the sand and water from the estuary for hours. My son asked if we could move our house to the beach so I think it was a successful day.
On the way home we made a quick drive to Drake’s Beach in order to see the lounging Elephant Seals. What a lovely reminder of how massive and amazing these creatures are.
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This will be my last installment for Tomales Bay until I have the opportunity to visit again which I suspect will be sooner rather than later. 😉 Driving through Inverness on my way to the Tomales Point Trail Hike I HAD TO STOP when I saw this grounded ship. Google tells me that this ship was wrecked and the owner always intended on fixing it but it soon became a roadside attraction. I was there at the right time because the lighting, the sun, and the reflection were ideal. This was the first photo of the day, which as many photographers know, makes the rest of the day icing on the cake. I am often terribly critical of the photos I take and this one is no exception taken only with my iPhone and not my “good camera.” However, I love this photo and can’t stop looking at it. I hope you enjoy it too.
“Only two sailors, in my experience, never ran aground. One never left port and the other was an atrocious liar.” -Don Bamford
Just thought I would send a dose of peace to you. Enjoy.
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…
Check out my other posts on Tomales Bay and my posts on Point Reyes National Seashore.
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
So who isn’t a fan of a good tree tunnel? Well, it’s been on my mind for a while to go check this one out. So, the little guy and I headed out early in the morning and Point Reyes National Seashore did not disappoint. We travelled through the lovely and picturesque town of Inverness (aptly named because it certainly harkens back to the Scottish Loch Ness with a long thin waterway flanked by hills on either side) through some washed out roads and one lane drives to get to the North District Operations Center. The communications center, an Art Deco building lovely in its own right, is overshadowed by its gorgeous driveway. Kudos to whatever random person took the time to tree line this driveway so many years ago. It was clearly unnecessary but boy am I grateful. It took me back to Northern Ireland visiting Dark Hedges, only this was two hours from my house on my beloved and spectacular California coast.
We left the Cypress Tree tunnel and made for the lighthouse on an even worse road. But, we were delighted by a bunch of Tule Elk presumably in the mood for love because they were fighting and there wasn’t a lady Elk anywhere to be seen. I am told by a lovely and protective Ranger that Point Reyes Lighthouse was recently renovated. It had only reopened the week prior to my visit. Apparently locals were uptight over the cost of said renovation. I’ll bet that old lighthouse could tell some stories about some epic storms and some shipwrecks of which there have been many around this dangerous peninsula. She probably deserves a good tidy up from time to time if you were to ask me. So, my sweet little guy got to see his first real tree tunnel, his first lighthouse, his first Tule Elk, and got to see the beach/ocean again. Hurray for a wonderful day out!