Point Reyes: A prominent cape on the Pacific Coast of Northern California, approximately 30 miles from San Francisco. Bounded by Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon, this headland is protected as part of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes is home to Tule Elk and the Northern Elephant Seal. In fact, we saw both on our way to the lighthouse. Also, if you're into this sort of thing, you may want to schedule a visit around the time the California Gray Whale swims through this area as it migrates to Baja, California.
We took a day trip here in search of a beach. Driving through what felt like the countryside of Northern California, we passed through cute little communities like Iverness and Point Reyes Station that were perfect for a quick lunch or cup of coffee. We didn't stop to take any photos of these areas because our mission was clear: find. the. beach.
As we took the windy road through the Point Reyes National Seashore the area was filled with dairy and oyster farms, with little turning points to small little bays with their own little beaches. The scenery was beautiful, the air was fresh and it was a new part of California I didn't really know about.
BONUS:There are over 300 stairs to the Point Reyes Lighthouse so be prepared to get a full leg workout in. As part of our cool down, Jim and I ended up swinging over to Uva Trattoria in Napa Valley for a much needed glass of wine and plate of pasta before heading home.
For the record, I didn't half this stuff before looking it up on Wikipedia and the National Park Service. We just thought it was something different to do and see.