Heading north in the sunshine:
We started out on the Earthquake Trail next to the visitor center, but I neglected to get a photo of the fence (or replica of the fence) that became offset by 16-something feet during the earthquake of 1906.
Next up - a hike to the top of Mount Wittenberg. A super nice hike but no views at the top. Except of us in the trees:
And a second pose for good measure (that's what you get when there's no scenery to be had):
Look ma, scenery! The seashore in the distance as we descended via a different trail:
Lovely day for a walk in the woods:
We were pretty amazed at the number of cars parked by the beach, but the masses were spread out over enough distance that it didn't seem crowded:
Pretty surf, coming in slowly:
An impromptu Valentine's "gift" for Mom:
The next morning we started at the Patrick Visitor Center where we would pick up a shuttle out to the lighthouse. We were quite surprised to see elephant seals hanging out on the beach next to the visitor center, very cool to have a close-up look:
This one apparently was ready for a change from sand all the time:
The pretty lighthouse at Point Reyes:
It's possible there is a peregrine falcon somewhere on the rocks in the background, but I think John was more concerned about getting a decent picture of us:
West side seashore along the Pacific Ocean:
The 2nd stop on the shuttle bus route was at the Elephant Seal Overlook, which was fascinating. We could hear the seals from a ways away as they made the funniest noises (I think that was mostly the young ones). There were spotting scopes set up so everyone could get a good look:
Masses of elephant seals lying around on the beach, occasionally exhibiting short bursts of energy before resting again. We spent a while watching them:
One last walk, to Abbotts Lagoon where we saw several kinds of birds. Including the state bird, a bevy of California quail, awesome! They were so pretty in the binoculars, although too far away for a good photo.
Here's the marsh instead:
What a wonderful weekend at Point Reyes!