A calm and colorful point

We were ready to get back on the road; ready to have our days dictated by unexpected good things falling into place for us; ready to see all that was new around us.  Point Reyes National Seashore hung on our must-see list for several decades.  No time seemed right to nudge it to the top until now.  So, the first destination on our first day of the road trip:  Point Reyes, less than two hours north of San Francisco.

On a gorgeous and sunny day we drove into Point Reyes Station, a little town outside the park filled with inviting restaurants and boutique shops. We browsed a bit and then checked into the sweet little Motel Inverness, a ways down the road.

Point Reyes National Seashore offers the visitor such a wide array of options for what to do.  We agreed that bird watching on Estero trail was our first choice.  We were at the trailhead, ready to hike with binoculars slung around our necks, when a woman approached similarly attired. We fell into step together and discovered she knows a LOT about birds.  As we walked together, Holly filled us in on the birds we were seeing. What a treat for us!  How else would we have seen so many bird species that day – including the pygmy nuthatch, western wood peewee, and a hairy woodpecker?

Just as we came out of the woods, Holly said farewell, and we climbed a hill of yellowed grasses, dotted with the occasional green low trees and shrubs.  With fewer birds, we started to notice the many wildflowers of Pt. Reyes.

And that’s when we decided to look down at the colors as well as up to see the birds. (Photo of the wildflower, Montbretia (Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora))

The hike that day, and the next day’s hike on Bear Valley Trail, allowed us easy walking through really lovely surroundings.

As soon as we started walking through the open meadows, we felt our spirits lighten.  The more we focused on birds and wildflowers, the less weighed down we felt by the bad news of the day.

The Cow Parsnip (Heracleum Maximum) resembled an explosion of fireworks to us.

Further down the path, we saw the seed pods of the Cow Parsnip.  They appeared to be imprinted with little candelabras.

Minds need rest.  It’s healthy to take breaks.  (If you don’t believe us, just do a web search of the topic!) One of the best ways we know for that rush of calm and happiness is to get out into a beautiful natural space.

Bright and sassy, Seep Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus) was a wonder to behold.

When the bright colors dazed us, soothing green foliage could be very pleasant…

…and the blue swirls of water at an inlet mesmerizing.

After a too busy spring, Point Reyes proved to be just the right place to relax and enjoy the colorful scenery.  We waited decades to finally visit, but maybe this was the perfect time?

 

 

July 2018

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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8 Responses to A calm and colorful point

  1. Sounds like birds, wildflowers and spending time in the natural world was exactly what you needed! And you’re right, getting outside and appreciating all the wonders around us is a perfect way to ease some of the stress and angst caused by the daily news cycle. Wonderful pictures! Anita

  2. What a beautiful way to start a new adventure.

  3. plaidcamper says:

    You’ve made a very calm and colourful point here! Lovely photographs and words to describe a beautiful location.

  4. sberger10 says:

    Beautiful pictures. We will never forget our walk to the lighthouse a few years ago with our son and his fiancée (the wedding is finally next week!) It was a real adventure with almost gale force winds while heading down all those steps. Never get tired of visiting the San Francisco area – whether you head south towards Carmel or north towards Napa it’s just wonderful.

  5. So glad you had this peaceful respite to begin your newest journey!

    • It surprised us how much energy was required to keep up with all the family activities week after week before our visit to Pt Reyes. You are so right that we needed this lovely place to re-set ourselves for the journey ahead.

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