Photo: Foggy Point Reyes

John Small was waiting for the fog to clear at Point Reyes; it did not.  But Point Reyes has its own special mood in the fog, captured well in one of his photos.



Springtime means critters! Harbor seals, plovers, owls, herons and bats

What’s happening in the park in early May 2009. So far this year, one snowy plover nest is being monitored. Enclosures of string and metal fencing along the Great Beach are reminders of where they are attempting to nest, please avoid these areas, look for the annual closures signs especially from Kehoe Beach South to…



Point Reyes Restoration (from Near Residential Development)

What if Point Reyes was a fully developed with housing? Well, in the 1950s, things were heading that way. If you want to know how the area got saved, I recommend this book on the history of Point Reyes and the Bay Area parks.  Fortunately for us, the National Park service is continuing its mission…



Postcard Shot of the Point Reyes Lighthouse

Just in case you need inspiration to head to the Point Reyes area this weekend. Photo courtesy of generationexe



Wildflowers Peaking and Mother-Calf Whale Migration

What’s happening in the park in late April 2009. The rains means more wildflowers! Chimney Rock is in peak condition, with the yellow Indian Paintbrush coming in. The pastures at Bear Valley are purple with tiny Sky Lupines. There are rumors of dogwood flowering on Bear Valley Trail. Poison Oak is also enjoying a banner…



Photo: Sea Lion

Great shot of a scooting sea lion across Limantour. Photo courtesy of Jef Poskanzer



Busy Campsites, More Wildflowers, Bobcat Spotted, Last Weekend for Shuttle Photo

What’s happening in the park in early April 2009. Park campgrounds are extra full this week and next; about a 5% raise over last year.  Looks like folks are staying closer to home this year. Some positive fish news: smolt trapping (one year old fish – ready to go to the ocean) found 144 coho…



Point Reyes: Come for the Cheese

Point Reyes and the nice folks at the Cowgirl Creamery have made a cheese lover out of me (see a past post on the best grilled cheese sandwich ever).  So it was no surprise to see that two local cheeses on the SF Chronicle list of 10 iconic California cheeses. The two are the (1)…



Point Reyes for Kids

Many outdoor adventures friends of mine slow down a bit when they have kids. And they don’t get to places like Point Reyes as often. But they’re missing out. There’s a lot to do here with kids; I’ve taken my child all around the peninsula. Yes, long hikes and mountain biking don’t work so well,…



Point Reyes and the Chronology of Time: New York Times

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…