|Pt Reyes Tule Elk Preserve|
Disappointed that the Pt Reyes Station was closed on Wednesdays so didn't get to enjoy the delicious Reuben I had been looking forward to :-( , but a quick deli sandwich got us back on the road.
There is something about the peninsula that is both rugged and magical. In addition to the lighthouse, there are eight protected family farms designated as A through H, AT&T's major communication center, the Tule Elk Preserve, Drake's Beach, North Beach and South Beach.
|The plaque at the AT&T antennas said it was the best communication spot on the west coast. We had zero bars on our AT&T phones|
|Barely visible from the road, the zoom brought the elk up close|
|Tranquil Drake's Beach|
|Sandstone walls around the inlet|
|Restroom or dance hall?|
|Violent North Beach|
|Don't let those loud waves get me Daddy!|
The contrast is pretty extreme.
Everything was shrouded in swirling, cold fog, giving one the feeling of entering a secret world from which you might not return. The road is narrow, rutted, full of pot holes. The terrain is a mix of succulents, tall grasses, pasture, dunes, and large gray rocks that somehow stand out from the equally gray skies. It is wonderful.
|The blowing fog changed the landscape every few seconds|
|Although rugged, the environment is fragile. Doggies only allowed on North and South Beach.|
For my birthday Bill gave me a Canon Powershot SX50, and I've been experimenting with using a real camera for the first time. The zoom is amazing, although to keep the camera steady enough to actually capture something (especially in the wind) is a challenge for me. While the muted day made for monochrome shots, it was still a lot of fun to capture this fabulous place.