You Mon Tsang July 20th, 2009
Sharing West Marin experiences through Point Reyes Weekend is a real pleasure. But I really enjoy reading a good writer’s first trip through the area. Jonathan Levitt recounts his first trip to Point Reyes and West Marin in the Boston Globe.
Traveling around the country, asking people about their favorite places, and about their most beautiful places, I heard again and again about the rolling ranchland and wild beaches of west Marin County. Here, the almost 70,000 acres of windswept wildness at Point Reyes National Seashore coexist with cattle ranches, dairy farms, and small organic market gardens. It makes for a balance that attracts tourists content to enjoy the seashore, hike in the hills, and eat good food. Chain stores and rowdy revelers are nowhere in sight.
Read the whole article…
You Mon Tsang March 28th, 2009
Appearing in tomorrow’s Sunday New York Times will be a short essay by Verlyn Klinkenborg, American non-fiction author and a member of the editorial board of The New York Times. He uses the ebb and flow of the Tomales Bay tides and local wildlife to help writers and the rest of us to break free of a strict linear chronology.
The water is constantly catching me by surprise. I look, and there’s a bright, wind-tugged sheet of it from here to Inverness. I look again, and the light adheres strictly to the creek channel, eeling its way across the darkness… I consult a tide chart and note that the tide is ebbing, but I’m not experienced enough to feel it. The best I can do is see where the water is now, and then where it is an hour from now. It’s like having to look repeatedly at the sun to guess its direction across the sky.
I always tell my writing students to avoid chronology, because we live utterly in the thick of it. We need no reminding how it works. But that’s what I love about watching these flats. They undermine my landlocked sense of chronology.
You can read the whole essay here…
You Mon Tsang May 27th, 2008
The Point Reyes area is such a magical place that you can find many many lovely descriptions of personal trips to the area. I ran across Automobile Magazine’s review of a new BMW and they ran the car up the West Marin. Here’s what they said:
To a native East Coaster used to seeing endless miles of tourist traps along the flat, visually uninteresting Atlantic shoreline, the Pacific Coast might as well be a DalÃ painting. It is an improbable convergence of impossible geography: cows graze in flat meadows that end at the sea like infinity pools; wide-open hillsides become so steep you wouldn’t be able to stand on them; building-sized rocks jut proudly out of the water. And the road? Were it not for the several-hundred-foot drop into the cold water below, Route 1 could be a competition road course – a would-be racetrack with a stunningly picturesque backdrop, that is.
Read the whole review…
Photo source: Automobile Magazine