About an hour north of San Francisco is Point Reyes National Park. Once you arrive, you can drive about 30 minutes more to the Point Reyes Lighthouse. During the drive up, you cannot see the lighthouse. In fact, you have to hike to the top of the point and ascend down the backside of the point to see it. The only other way to see it is from the Pacific Ocean.
As we hiked up to the lighthouse, we shot some incredible pictures.
To reach the lighthouse, you have descend down 400 stair steps. That’s the easy part, coming back up is more of a challenge!
When we reached the lighthouse, we saw several whales swimming around. I was not able to catch any great pictures of it, but it was really great to see. You could hear them blowing through their blow holes. Incredible!
After visiting the lighthouse, we took a couple of hikes in other areas of the park. One of the things we saw as we were driving to the hikes was something that looked like a cross between a kangaroo and a deer. Jackalope perhaps?
We first hiked the Earthquake Trail. This is set right on the San Andreas fault. This was a little unnerving!
Our second hike was the Kule Loklo trail, a brilliantly reconstructed Miwuk village that sheds light on the daily lives of the region’s first inhabitants.
We stopped by Drake Beach and stumbled on to a beautiful seagull.
After a long day of hiking, we made it back to San Francisco to find that the fog had settled in. What a great way to end a day!