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.
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.
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.
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?