The Point Reyes peninsula is a well defined area, geologically separated from the rest of Marin County and almost all of the continental United States by a rift zone of the San Andreas Fault, about half of which is sunk below sea level and forms Tomales Bay. The fact that the peninsula is on a different tectonic plate than the east shore of Tomales Bay produces a difference in soils and therefore to some extent a noticeable difference in vegetation. A Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo sighted and named “Cabo de Pinos” (Point Reyes), but missed the entrance to San Francisco Bay, a lapse that mariners would repeat for the next two centuries and more, due to the mass amount of fog that characterizes San Francisco and Marin.
We took a Saturday trip to Point Reyes National Seashore because I always hear about its beauty – and wanted to see it for myself. Luckily, every foggy turn was incredibly vast and purely amazing.
We first stopped at the Cypress Tree Tunnel, who doesn’t love a tunnel of trees?!
Then made our way down the 308 steps to the lighthouse – WOW!
The fog and intense winds off the ocean made the infamous cypress tree slant in one direction! We took a short hike to sea lion overlook and saw a few babies on the beach! We also got to see deer, elk, a fox, cows and many different birds! We stopped by the shipwreck on our way out – what gorgeous sites and interesting fauna and flora this place has to offer! Overall this is a great day trip for anyone – we cannot wait to come back when it is a clear sunny day and maybe spot some whales!
This place is truly a slice of heaven! Do you have any favorite spots around Point Reyes?