Norcal Lighthouse Series: Point Reyes Lighthouse
When my roommate told me that we had to be out of the house, I just took off and drove north. I returned to Point Reyes. (Last fall I blogged about my visit to Point Reyes National Seashore, rather, ranted about the National Park closure - Point Reyes National Seashore: Walking the Trail Politics - and promised to return). I just love driving through the hills and valleys, and to chill out at the tranquil seashore and visit the lighthouse. Approaching the beach area, I noticed some bright orange warning signs to take the shuttle bus to the lighthouse. The road leading to the lighthouse was closed. "Oh no, a deja vu!" I thought. But the Park Ranger told me that, during the whale migration season, the road to the lighthouse is closed due to high-volume traffic, there's not enough parking space at the top of the hill. I parked my car at Drakes Beach and decided to take the Point Reyes Lighthouse tour. And it was one 'hella' of an outing. Nature was magnificent. The five dollars I paid for the tour gave me:
- a bus ride to the top of the hill with magnificent views
- a pleasant .4 mile walk
- 308 steps for a good 616 stairmaster workout
- magnificent views of the ocean
- different colors of winter in Northern California through the blue ocean, the green pine trees, the orange blossom that grow on the rocks, the red lichen on the salmon-colored rocks
- wild-life through the elks and deer, birds (hawks, murres)
- whale watching opportunity. Okay I did not exactly see the whole gray, but plenty of spouts – (The State Park ranger counted 14 whales passed by on their way to Baja California and Mexico) Yes, it’s migration season.
- and the lighthouse was just the icing on the cake
PHOTO GALLERY: (All photos by the author)
#1. The Point Reyes Lighthouse can be found at the bottom of the hill. If you dare to take a strenuous descent and ascent of very narrow 308 stairs, you'll be rewarded with more amazing views; you'll be able to admire the famous lens (click on the link below for additional info) and be entertained by the internal workings of the light and foghorn.
|The Whale Watching Platform can be found before descending to the Lighthouse|
|Murres on the rocks|
#5. A View to a Kill
Check out the following website for additional info about the lighthouse: