Point Reyes Day Trip – PART 2

IMG_4263adjA few weeks ago we drove through the Point Reyes National seashore but ran out of time before we got out to the lighthouse.  This past weekend we drove back with friends to check it out….so worth the trip!

Driving out along Hwy 1 south of Valley Ford (I think) we had to stop and capture some Scottish Highland cattle.  They are so scruffy and cute don’t you think?IMG_4204cropadj

Once we arrived on the road to the lighthouse the farms and barns along the way are all labeled historic farm A, B, etc. Deer run wild all over the hillside along with Elk now and then…IMG_4211adj

Once you arrive at the lighthouse parking lot you will need to walk about a quarter mile out to the lighthouse.  Along the way you can enjoy the colorful rocks and the view from the hill:IMG_4253adjIMG_4254IMG_4222adj

Gorgeous right? Once you get out to the lighthouse be prepared for hiking down and back up over 300 rather steep steps!IMG_4297IMG_4288adj

If, like me, you prefer the view from above, you can have fun photographing the amazing wave formation along the coast at the base of the hill:

IMG_4270adjcropSee the cool “hole” created by the waves to the right of the left rock…that only happened once in the half hour or so I photographed…love it! Walking to and from the lighthouse point you can stop by the small visitors center.IMG_4255adj IMG_4256adj IMG_4257adj

It’s a long drive out to the lighthouse from Santa Rosa, but we stopped both times to pick up a sandwich at the Market in Point Reyes Station, sat in the sun to eat, walked through Toby’s Feed Store again ( I love that shop!) and discovered a Home and Garden shop across the street that had a beautiful garden in the back. Definitely stop by this one when you are in Point Reyes Station! IMG_4206adjIMG_4208adjMore about Pt. Reyes Station here.

It’s a beautiful drive out through the countryside in any weather.  In fact I can’t wait to go out on an overcast day again, maybe with some awesome clouds….sunny days can be so boring in an image!

You can get more information on the lighthouse here.

Important:
The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse are only open on:
Fridays through Mondays from 10 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
The stairs to the lighthouse are closed when winds exceed 40 miles per hour (64 km/h).

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