Thursday, December 18, 2014

Point Reyes

Had to get out of the house today.  It has been raining and flooding almost constantly for the past two weeks or so.  No complaints, I know how much this area needs the water.  But, when the weather reports says cloudy more so than rainy, it is time to get out and enjoy the mediocre weather!

Our expectations were pretty low.  Let's just get out of the house, maybe go for a drive and see the coast. 

Yeah, why bother getting outside?
The coast was beautiful.  We were headed out to Point Reyes National Seashore.  It is always fun to go find the very pointiest tip of land you can find and get there.  Mountain peaks work, so do peninsulas.  Heck, I'll walk out to the end of a dock just to get out on the pointy bit. Along the way we came across this view down to a beach where the surf was pounding like crazy.  The sign said South Beach, so we went.  It wasn't anything like the one in Miami.  This one was better.

The sea was angry that day my friend.

Ohhh, look a high dangerous place...let's go!

I love the salt spray streamers.
"Hey guys!  Want some kelp?"

Nah, I'll just throw stuff.

Michael was impressed with the waves

Beautiful family.

We kept seeing signs for the lighthouse.  That and it is on the high pretty place up over there.  So, of course we had to keep going. 

We drove up to the headlands and got out to walk around.  The lighthouse is closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  It was Thursday, so we settled for just walking around.  We saw this hawk hovering over a field in the 20 knot straight winds.  He hovered, adjusted, hovered and adjusted for quite a while.  This is when I kick myself.  ALWAYS BRING THE ZOOM LENS IDJIT!

Yup, would have been really cool zoomed in. 

He just hung out there, waiting for his closeup

Take my picture!

OK, so this one would have been worse with the zoom.

Not this one though.  sigh.
He hung around for one last shot

Fine, we will just walk down to the lighthouse.  SQUIRREL!  or more like, TREE!

Not THAT tree, too little...

Those trees.

The ones with built in kid seats.

Parakeet perch, he called it.

There are three deer in this picture.  Have fun!

Seriously?  To a lighthouse?
But lighthouses suck.
Not they don't Max!  Light houses are cool!  And you never know what what you might see on the way.  After all, I forgot to put the zoom lens in the backpack, so it is likely to be really cool!

Like maybe a peregrine falcon

Or a distant lighthouse!

You know what would make this lighthouse picture better?
A whale.
Stinkin' whale, so far away.

And you Mr. Falcon.  Just a little farther than I would like with this setup.
Seriously though, a whale and a peregrine falcon.  How cool is that?

A little more time to soak up the vibe of being at a high pointy place with a lighthouse and a whale and a slightly snobby peregrine falcon. 

Then it was back toward the car.  Oh yeah, and the trees.

My beautiful sweetie

And her monkey.

There are 5 deer and one people in this one.  :-)
So it just goes to show.  Some times it pays just to get out of the house.

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