|Tomales Point in Point Reyes National Seashore|
|Tomales Point, with Bodega Head visible across the bay|
We decided to hike out to Tomales Point in the Point Reyes National Seashore. This hike has fabulous views and Tule Elk herds. We wouldn't see whales from Tomales Point (per the park rangers, whale viewing is best from the Pt Reyes lighthouse, see this list for whale watching spots in the SF Bay area), but we wanted to get in some scenic hiking & decided to defer whale watching to the next day.
|One of several elk herds. This one was mostly male. I don't know why this was. Impressive antlers!|
I really recommend going all the way to the point. Lots of hikers turned back after about 2.5 miles at an overlook, but the views are most exceptional at the tip of the point, plus there are crashing waves and tidepools and access to the edge of the cliff.
We stayed over night in Bodega Bay, and got to our hotel just in time for a colorful sunset, which we enjoyed from the outdoor hot tub. The next morning, it was in the 20s when we woke up, so we abandoned plans to ride our bikes and instead hung out at our hotel waiting for it to warm up a bit (more hot tubbing!).
|Whale watching from Bodega Head|
When it warmed up a bit, we headed over to Bodega Head State Park to do some whale watching. Vounteer docents were hanging out at the point (center left of the photo above) and were very informative and enthusiastic. They reported numerous whale sighting that morning, however we hung around for about 30 minutes looking and failed to see whales. Re-grouping, we went on a fantastically scenic 3 mile walk around the park uring which I was thrilled to spot a whale all by myself (hint: you look for the blow created when the whale clears its blow hole just prior to surfacing). We also saw seals and lots of birds (and lots of people, as this is a popular spot apparently). Dan wanted to try and spot a whale so we returned to the viewpoint where we saw another whale pretty close to the shore. Well, mostly I saw this whale, since Dan was looking in the wrong direction. All in all, it was a lot of fun, though if I did this again, I would bring more powerful binoculars. Most of the whales were pretty far from the shore.
What a great weekend!
What a great weekend!