The California coast – Pt. Reyes!

For this post, how about just a great destination, someplace to check out if you are traveling No. California, close to SF?
I started on this one thinking it would be a single post, a ‘this is a great destination to put on your list’. But it totally got away from me, and turned in to more, which actually suits the topic well – Pt. Reyes Nat’l Seashore, not far north of San Francisco is a huge place. So there maybe a few posts about this one.

There seem to be two (or maybe 3?) kinds of beaches in CA, or maybe some combination of them. Maybe I shouldn’t even attempt to classify them so simply.
Pt. Reyes a bit of all of them, it’s a place you can spend a day… a week… or a year. You should definitely put it on your list if you travel here.
There’s the long flat sandy kind, and there’s the ‘short/cliff’ kind – the ocean has risen since the last ice age, and eroded the land, chewed off a big chunk of it, and left a precipitous drop to the sea, and a varying short beach.
And then there’s ‘very rocky’/ no sand kind.
There’s also some fine forests (redwoods)  which i have yet to visit very much. Trees just don’t do much for me photographically speaking, they limit your view, and i like big open spaces and views.

http://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm
http://www.ptreyes.org/
http://wikitravel.org/en/Point_Reyes_National_Seashore
Pay particular attention to the ‘stay safe’ section at the bottom of the page – you’ll be glad you did.

To quote from the NPS website:

“Aside from its natural beauty, Point Reyes is of some historical significance, as it is believed to be here that England’s Sir Francis Drake came ashore during the summer of 1579, in order to careen his ship and repair its hull, during his circumnavigation of the globe. The ship’s chaplain complained in his log of “the stinking fogges”, so nothing much has changed.”
No, it hasn’t.
Sir Francis has a beach named after him.
“The Point Reyes Peninsula has long baffled geologists. Why should the rocks of this craggy coast match rocks in the Tehachapi Mountains more than 310 miles to the south? The answer lies in plate tectonics and the continual motion of the Earth’s crust.
Geologically, Point Reyes National Seashore is a park on the move. The eastern border of the park parallels the San Andreas Fault, which is the current tectonic plate boundary separating the Pacific Plate from the North American Plate. If you draw a line through the middle of Tomales Bay in the north through the Bolinas Lagoon on the south, this is the path of the San Andreas Fault Zone.”
The Point Reyes National Seashore was established by President John F. Kennedy on September 13, 1962. Thank you, JFK!
Do some research – lodging is not so close by. And there’s not much of it. Unless you want to camp. And camping means planning – you’ve got to make some reservations.
Any road trip?…research is a good idea.
I am primarily interested in the beaches, in particular, Limantour and Drakes.
So here goes with part one – some views of Limantour Beach & Spit.

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(A few words about links, and constant browser software updates, and compatability:
I am on a pre-intel Mac Mini, OSX 10.4.11, in some people’s eye’s, a dinosaur. I have the most recent version of Firefox that this will run, and the most recent version of Safari this will run. And I keep landing on websites that tell me I can’t access the site – the LAtimes is an example.
At work on a newer Mac, i get the site fine on Firefox. Go figure! If you have similar problems, my sympathies… and curse the people who put this stuff together. Or maybe curse the fact that this computer stuff is soooo complicated NObody can figure it all out.)
Good links I’ve found this month? Here’s a few:
This one is a very good read:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/28/travel/in-the-northwest-3-trips-planned-by-others.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/opinion/sunday/two-development-projects-threaten-the-grand-canyon.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/27/travel/how-i-spent-4-hours-at-ohare.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/14/travel/transformative-travel-4-ways.html?_r=0

Did you notice that all these are at the NYT?
Still a bastion of the most intelligent writing and information, bar none.

http://www.sfgate.com/travel/article/Touring-volcanic-California-and-Oregon-5792089.php#photo-6960636

http://www.latimes.com/travel/california/la-trb-california-wilderness-society-hikes-20141002-story.html

This one that may not work in your browser – what a shame!

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-postcards-monument-valley-20130926-dto-html

http://wilderness.org/desert-treasures

Next month, more Pt Reyes, Drakes Beach!

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