Drove from Santa Rosa, checked out our cottage in Inverness, which was not yet open
Drove to Point Reyes, stopping first at North Beach where we walked along the beach
After North Beach we drove to South Beach, which required us to drive through a flooded road immediately followed by a very rocky/gravelly temporary road. South Beach was crowded, but always fun to walk on a beach.
It was not possible to go to the Point Reyes lighthouse except by catching a shuttle bus, so we drove back to Inverness, checked into our cottage (actually an apartment in a quadraplex), which was very nice.
There was also a nice path from the cottages that took one through some nearby woods with many flowering plants.
Drove up peninsula along Pierce Point Road to the trailhead for Kehoe Beach and walked about three quarter miles to beach, seeing lots of wildflowers.
After walking on the seashore, we returned to the trailhead, then drove to Pierce Point Ranch, which is the beginning of Tomales Point Trail. We walked the trail for a while and got beautiful views of the coast and beaches and cliffs. And also of Elk, some with impressive antlers.
When we returned to the Pierce Point Ranch we walked to each of the many buildings and read the signs describing each. The ranch was built in the 1800's, was far from any towns, and had to accomodate ranch hands plus the family.
We then drove into the town of Point Reyes Station, bought some groceries and made-to-order sandwiches, then sat on a bench outside, eating and feeding birds. An owl watched us from a nearby roof. We noted it never moved during the two days we were there.
Day 3, Tuesday, March 10
Point Reyes, Point Reyes Station, Santa Rosa
We drove back along Pierce Point Road to the Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead, then walked along the trail past the lagoon and over sand dunes to the beach.
Along the way we got a very pretty view of some flies. Along with a bunny rabbit.
Returned to the Lagoon Trailhead and drove to the town of Point Reyes Station, which has an unadvertised trail on its outskirts that goes by a barn and then provides views of the Tomales Bay watershed.
After walking the trail, we went into town to the Palace Market, where they made Bob a veggie sandwich and Shirley got soup and a sandwich. Then we sat on a bench outside, feeding the birds and watching tourists. Then we drove home.
Bob Phillips [phillips bob 27 at yahoo dot com - no spaces]
Santa Rosa, CA