Winter in the Park

The latest from the National Park Service: High surf has been pounding the beaches, they appear much smaller in winter as sand is carried to offshore bars. Safety first, do no turn your back on the waves and walk halfway up the beach, not near the water. A pair of coyotes were spotted at South…



Life on the Edge: Special Winter Wildlife Events

Winter in Point Reyes often focuses on the wildlife. And the Park Service is partnering with local organizations to present a special week of events that focuses on wildlife and the area’s maritime heritage. Activities include field trips, slideshows, films, talks, volunteer field events, and special dinners. You can the schedule below or at the…



Seals, Whales and the Bus

As winter arrives, we’ll be seeing the Northern elephant seals (lounging in certain areas) and Pacific gray whales (migrating past the peninsula) return to the Point Reyes area. This wildlife also brings lots of visitors and the return of the shuttle bus system that takes folks out to Chimney Rock and the Lighthouse. The shuttle…



Tour of Cowgirl Creamery

I’ve been wanting to write about my tour of the Cowgirl Creamery for a while now, but now I can refer you to William Wong‘s account of his tour over at sfgate.com. This was a pleasant surprise since Bill is both a great writer and friend. ┬áSome quotes and link to full story below: Cowgirl’s…



State Park Service Reductions

Good news: the threats of complete state park closures due to the extreme state budget shortfalls did not come to fruition. Bad news: there are service cuts this year. ┬áHere is the summary of the service reductions of the two California State Parks in the Point Reyes area: Tomales State Park: Main park entrance, Shell…



A Harvest Dinner with the Local Farmers

UPDATED on 11/9: this event is SOLD OUT! On Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 from 6pm to 9pm at Toby’s Feed Barn, the organizers of the Point Reyes Farmers Market will be hosting a fundraiser dinner to support the market and its farmers and vendors. The dinner will be catered by Pam Ferrari, dessert by Sandra…



Alert: Point Reyes Lighthouse Stairs Closed Week of 10/19/09

UPDATED 10/30/09: This project has been completed! The Park Service has announced that the fence along the stairs at the Point Reyes Lighthouse will be repaired the week of October 19 – Monday-Friday. The stairs will be closed for this project as the rusting chain link is replaced. The work is expected to be completed…



Prescribed Burns for Limantour and Hwy 1

UPDATED 10/30/09: The planned prescribed burns for this fall have been cancelled due to the early rain; the combination of heat and damp can create damaging steam for seeds. From the Point Reyes National Park Service: Fire Management staff at Point Reyes National Seashore plan to burn 45 acres along Limantour Road and 130 acres…



Point Reyes Green Home Tour

The Community Land Trust Association of West Marin (CLAM) is a nonprofit, community-based organization that works to expand housing in the Tomales Bay area for people of low and moderate income. CLAM can acquire property through donation or purchase, then rent or sell the housing on it at below-market rates. The housing remains permanently affordable…



Photo: Skimming Pelican

One of my favorite sights on the beaches of Point Reyes, captured perfectly by Stephen Fischer.