Hiking at Point Reyes, a photo essay

13 April, 2008:

Sarah and I spent a lovely Saturday in Point Reyes, first hiking along Abbott’s Lagoon and picnicking on the beach, and then walking a little ways out on the Tomales Point Trail to enjoy the glut of wildflowers that’s usually there this time of year.  We weren’t disappointed – loads of irises, radish, and various asters lined the trail.  Birding was very good at both locations, and I even got a lifer (Red-necked Grebe).

Since I’m so far behind in posting, I will dispense with the words and let the photos tell the tale.

Abbott’s Lagoon Trail

Carson Falls (Marin)

Last Sunday was sunny and lovely, so Sarah & I headed north from SF to try a new hike. This one had been on my radar for a while, as I always like waterfalls (who doesn’t?), but the timing was never quite right. Although the bay area has more waterfalls than one might think, many are semi-seasonal, drying up entirely or reducing to a trickle in the warmer months.

Sunny winter days like this, after a bout of storms, are perfect waterfall hike days, so off we went. The trailhead is on Bolinas-Fairfax Road, and the parking was tight – apparently we weren’t the only ones itching to get out! Our hike started across the street from the parking turnout on Pine Mountain Road.

Pine Mountain Fireroad

Oregon Road Trip – Day 5 – Portland, OR to Pacific City, OR

Sarah & I woke up early, had a quick breakfast, said our goodbyes, and were on the road at 8:30, heading west toward Tillamook. The drive was only about 90 minutes, and was very pretty as well as traffic-free once we cleared the Portland metro area.

Tillamook Cheese Factory
A tourist-trap for cheese addicts like myself

(warning, this is a lonnnnng post with many pictures!)

Hiking from Wright’s Lake to Twin Lake (Desolation Wilderness, California)

Unlike most camping trips, we decided to do only one hike during our recent visit to Wright’s Lake, partly because we wanted to relax, and partly because our friends Deb & Terry were planning on 7 days of backpacking right after we finished camping, and they understandably didn’t want to start tired!

Since this is a long post with a lot of photos….