One of these past weekends, I along with my family hit the road again to explore the unknown (to us!) – Point Reyes National Seashore located on California’s stunning coastal Highway 1. Point Reyes has more than 70,000 acres of preserved land and seashore with amazing hiking trails and breathtaking landscapes. We drove up to Point Reyes Station, a small charming town with artisan galleries and local boutiques and the best oysters on the West Coast. We ate at Station House Cafe with beautiful garden patio dining perfect for a COVID safe setting. After a yummy meal, we were ready to hike the 5-mile Laguna trail and Coast trail, located close by. The Laguna trail was narrow with worn paths at different levels but surrounded by plenty of amazing flora and fauna. There was light traffic with no contact, and sharing the trail with horses was the only challenge. Soon we headed downhill and after 45 min or so, we finally ended up at this secret remote hidden Sculptured beach with dramatic steep bluffs, colorful sea stacks and gorgeous coastal scenery. The few lucky ones here can spot hermit crabs, sea anemones, starfish, and elephant seals. We ran into a huge flock of crows and seagulls cawing and croaking.
For our way back, we looped on to the Coast trail which was wide, flat and an easy 45 min hike, for which my feet were very thankful.
Back in the car, we happened to be routed to the Drakes Beach (named after the famed explorer Saint Francis Drake) because the road to the Lighthouse was closed. It is another quiet beach backed by dramatic white sandstone cliffs and beautiful coastline. We were lucky to spot a herd of Elks on the way here. Wow!
After chasing the seagulls and getting wet in the waves, it was time to go back home-to our very own oasis in Blackhawk.
We cannot fly to fancy destinations right now, but if you are itching to hit the road, go out and explore. Never take things in your backyard for granted! Do your part and stay safe.
By Sonia Lamba, Resident since 2015