Bull Point hike at Point Reyes

Sunday, 28 February 2009:

Eager to take advantage of a break in a series of welcome storms, Sarah & I headed to Point Reyes, and after a tasty breakfast at the Pine Cone Diner, we decided to hike the Bull Point Trail, one of few trails we have not yet hiked in this area.

10’ish miles down the road to the lighthouse, we came to the trailhead and started hiking at 11:30 under partly overcast skies.

Bull Point Trail by you.

Bull Point Trail

Signs of Spring at Bon Tempe Lake

21 February, 2009:

Jones’ing for a nature fix after not getting out for a couple of weeks due to various reasons, Sarah & I went for a hike at one of our very favorite places, Bon Tempe Lake, in the Marin Municipal Water District.

Located a 40-minute drive north of San Francisco, the MMWD is a nature-lover’s heaven, with many miles of trails, lakes, and wildlife and, seasonally, wildflowers, galore.  We paid our $7 entrance fee and parked at the small lot closest to Bon Tempe Lake’s dam.  Like all of the lakes in the MMWD, Bon Tempe is an artificial lake, but that hardly detracts from the setting.

Lakeshore by you.

The west shore of Bon Tempe Lake

Birding at Carmel River State Beach

Saturday, Septermber 13, 2008:

Sarah was in a nearby salon, getting a trial up-do and make-up in preparation for our upcoming wedding, so I whiled away a couple of lovely hours at Carmel River State Beach.

Heermann's Gulls by you.

Heermann’s Gulls

A large group of Harley-Davidson enthusiasts congregated in the parking lot as I arrived, shortly departing in a roar of un-muffled exhaust, but it was otherwise pretty quiet at this great birding location.

A Hike in the Marin Headlands

01 September, 2008:

On a sunny and uncharacteristically warm Labor Day, Sarah & I decided to brave the hordes and go hiking from Muir Beach.  As expected for 11am on a beautiful holiday, traffic was very slow getting from 101 through Mill Valley, but we eventually pulled into the lot at Muir Beach.  Full, drat.  We found parking at the end of Muir Woods Rd., which added about a half mile of highway-side walking to our excursion, but so it goes.

We passed the Pelican Inn, walked a short ways down the Muir Beach road, then turned left onto the Coastal Trail.  The beach was full of families enjoying the weather, and we could hear the sounds of frolicking through the stand of trees separating the trail from the beach itself.

Coastal Trail by you.

Coastal Trail