Both Fiona and I managed to escape for a 4 day weekend (Columbus Day weekend). Fiona has been wanting to go to Point Reyes for quite some time and I had ride plans at Oat Hill Mine Road which is right outside of Calistoga. So after my ride on Sunday we headed east to the coast.
We made a quick stop in Petaluma for a yummy Chimi and got to the point at around 6:00 PM. We were staying at the Hostel which is actually in the park. (Youth) Hostels are generally decent cheap place to sack out and as a bonus are often located right smack in the middle of where we want to go.
Check out my page on Mountain Biking in Point Reyes also.
For more information about Youth Hostels they have an informative web site.
The National Park Service has an informative Point Reyes Web Site
After waking up we were headed to the visitors center and were treated to this awesome view of the fog in the valley.
We went down the Bear Valley Trail and were treated to some great views of the lush forest. While we there we saw plenty of the usual critters, plus I got a glimpse of one of the Elk which frequent this park.
Sir Francis Drake was the first Westerner to see the Pacific Ocean. Drake Bay was named for him. Walking through some of the trails in this park you can almost visualize what our country looked like before we paved it from end to end.
Out on the point you can find Castle Rock and several other rocky beaches which the surf pound continually to submission.
I must have taken 30 pictures of the waves crashing on these rocks before I got this one that I am fairly happy with. That's the beauty of Digital Cameras.