ON THE WAY TO POINT REYES TO PHOTOGRAPH THE LIGHTHOUSE

This is the coveted photo you spend two days on the road hoping to capture.  When you get there, it can be so windy you have to hold on for dear life.  Or the fog can be so thick it blots out the view entirely. The day we got to the spot for this perfect photo of the lighthouse, it was 100 degrees and clear as a bell. Now just imagine triple digits next to the coast in Northern California and imagine hot, hot, hot. As you will come to see, it was a blessed day.

As you start out on your journey for the perfect Point Reyes Lighthouse photo you have to travel through Marin County, and since you must travel across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, I thought that you would like to see  perfectly fog free photos of the bridge.

On the way up we stopped in the town of Mill Valley. I loved it. We stopped in Ross, San Ansemo, Fairfax, Lagunitas, Forest Knolls, Olema, and on to Pt Reyes Station. On the way back we drove through Nicasio, Terra Linda and San Rafael. We shopped in Corte Madera and had dinner in Larkspur.

Once you make it to Pt. Reyes Station you have to decide if you are going out to the wilderness area or just stay in the town for a look around.  We had our look around and then checked into our B&B called the Lingonberry Farm, a Swedish style accommodation with pancakes topped with Lingonberry jam for breakfast. Yes, we stayed in and among the alpacas, goats, horses, sunflowers and an abundance of fruit trees. Here is a photo taken from our bedroom window, which looks out on to Tomales Bay if you have 20/20 eyesight and no astigmatism.

After breakfast we began our climb to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. We drove up through Inverness, enjoyed the early morning light on Tomales Bay and marveled how it mirrored all of the images along the way. Spectacular! We turned off of Sir Francis Drake Blvd and headed to the coast passing Drakes Bay.  Now if Sir Francis Drake hadn’t missed San Francisco Bay due to the Fog it would be called Drakes Bay, but instead due to very the very fogy conditions Drakes Bay is out in the wilderness, marked only by Ranch A, Ranch B, Ranch C, Ranch D and Ranch F. There may be more, but we did not see them.

Here is an exciting photo of the beautiful coastline as you make your way down to the Lighthouse. If you keep looking back you can see Drakes Bay separated from the coast by stretch of land that is covered with colors in the vegetation that line the surface of the land creating a beautiful patchwork quilt of nature’s art at work.

Look who I saw gazing out to sea on the way to the lighthouse.

How often do you get a chance to see a fellow like this one? I waved; I wanted him to know how happy I was to meet him and asked if he would just turn around and say hello.  So he did.

How thrilling to capture the natural habitat, the magnificent animal who roams here and the royal ocean as a majestic backdrop.

There is a parking lot to accommodate the vehicles of visitors to the lighthouse, so we parked there and walked the 1/2-mile into the area where you can take the 308 steps down to the lighthouse and 308 steps back up. Whew. The lighthouse was closed on this day and the gate leading to the steps was locked. Secretly I was thrilled to see the gate locked; the triple digit temperatures and an arduous journey worried me, but really it would have been quite an adventure to walk down to the lighthouse. Go and visit the Point Reyes Lighthouse sometime in the future and hope that the gate to the stairs is locked or unlocked according to your personal preferences.

One more view of the lighthouse and a big THANK YOU to Gerry and Michael Juarez.

Posted by Sheila Clapkin at https://sheilaclapkin345.wordpress.com

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Keith
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 09:19:10

    Incredible story and photos. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. The Lingonberry jam covered pancakes sounded scrumptious. What a great way to start a great day. Glad that you had such gorgeous weather for your special weekend with Gerry and Michael.

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    • Sheila Clapkin
      Oct 01, 2010 @ 15:18:59

      Glad we could spend time with you, too. Your San Francisco touring was wonderful even though we did not get the Vapor Jag.
      Next time we come, we will gather for more excursions. You are a great travel guide. Glad you did not have to do that for a living.
      Thank YOU!! You are my hero.

      Reply

  2. terri
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 10:41:03

    What a fun adventure! Ity never occured to me to visit the Lighthouse. What great towns to explore! Next time we visit our son in SFO, we will try to somewhat duplicate your trip. As always, I so enjoy your marratives and photos!

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  3. N
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 15:38:40

    I am jealous of the Pt. Reyes trip. I used to camp on the beach there when it was still a county park with one porta-potty. It is on my list of places to get to with Eva.

    I was probably under, over or by the Golden Gate 20 plus times before I ever saw all of it at one time. Good for you.

    My heart belongs several places, SF is among them, along with Copenhagen and Barcelona. Just this January, on the way back from the US I realized, Prague really is home.

    Happy traveling. Who knows when we get to go again with Eva’s family responsibilities.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Bette Sallus
    Oct 04, 2010 @ 09:30:03

    We made the trip from Canada g0ing south on Rt.#1 1in 1991 and cut to US 101 after Tiburon. We stayed in Pt. Reyes and some of our photots mirrored yours. I remember going to the bird sanctuary and also Fort ross. Of course we were younger then & could hike more than now. We loved it and the drive on Rt. #1. Thanks so much for bringing back great memories.
    We love your blog/web. Did you design it yourself?
    Looking forward to seeing you @ Sheri’s & Jodi’s housewarming.

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  5. Jo Ann
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 09:36:50

    Sheila
    Breathtaking photos in Japan. Did you visit those gardens? Wow!
    Thank you for the Lighthouse trip. I always enjoy the journey with you.

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  6. Gerelee Howard
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 23:58:39

    Did you have any weird thoughts about me as you were shopping in Corte Madera? I was probably a few feet away from you, making off to the library down the hill from my house for another stack of books for my kiddo. How sad that I missed you. I would have loved to rub noses with you! You touched on some of the best neighborhoods and locales, but I might have been able to give you a small handful of additional suggestions. Next time, for sure. It really is a pretty county and coast. And on my reading list is a biography of Sir Francis Drake and his explorations.

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    • Sheila Clapkin
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 21:39:03

      You can be sure next time I am there, we will get together for one of our coffee dates.
      How’s baby? Any photos? I will have to look. Thank you for commenting!!!!!

      Reply

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