Road trip: Point Reyes National Seashore

The weekend forecast was for absolutely perfect weather, so we decided we had to do something outside. Mike thought it would be fun to drive to Marin County and have a little picnic. No argument here!

The traffic was a bit of a pain (I think everyone else had the same idea), but once we got to the redwood-lined road inside Point Reyes National Seashore, we knew we’d made the right decision.

We actually had our picnic near a visitors center, where we watched some woodpeckers knock away at this mottled tree.

Just egg salad on crusty bread and a cupcake we ate before I could get a photo.

This guy was just hanging out by the parking lot. I think it’s a great blue heron.

Finally we made our way to Limantour Beach. The walk to the beach itself was gorgeous.

We spotted an egret out in the marsh. I am really starting to learn my birds!

We noticed that people had found little nooks for themselves in the sand dunes. Once we found one of our own we realized they also shield you from the wind, but since they get full sun the sand is nice and warm.

It was wiiiindy out there.

Hopefully no one was blinded by my pale legs.

We brought some wine from our Sonoma trip and a couple books.

Sitting out there in the sun, listening to the waves break was just total bliss. I don’t think we’d been that relaxed in a long time.

After about 3 1/2 hours we finally decided we were baked and wind blown enough and we started to leave. Just as we got to the top of the last hill, we heard a father say to his little girl just about the greatest line ever.

“Do you see the whales?”

Out in the water there were two whales moving fast, coming up for air every once in a while (maybe a mother and calf?). It was so, so cool. We didn’t get a very good photo since we just wanted to watch it. But here’s one.

After that we stopped at local restaurant that specializes in oysters and had dinner. This was the sign in their parking lot.

Happy trails, indeed.