Sunday, August 1, 2010

Coast watchers

Looking for another cool climate hike Alice an I headed out for another coastal excursion this time to the Point Reyes National Seashore.  our hike would be a 5-mile or so jaunt near the cliff bluff overlooking the ocean along the Coast Trail leading us to Coast Camp and back along the Laguna Trail.

A small navigation snaffu proved to be the best part of the hike.  We ended up heading out along the Laguna Trail first with the return leg on thew Coast Trail.  We were rewarded with a misty walk through lush grasslands, wildflowers and plant along the way glistening with the early morning dew.  On the way back our views of the ocean were bright blue skies and sandy beaches along the bluffs.

if we had taken the route the other way the fog would have obscured our views of the ocean and the morning mists and their ethereal effect would have been long dried up in the afternoon sun.  We had the best chance for photos the way we set out turning an easy two-and-a-half hour hike into nearly five hour photo adventure.

From dew-covered pine trees to a ghostly mountain side of burned trees shrouded in fog the sights were magnificent.  The only truly odd sight was a hungry crow who dined on field mice as Alice and I munched on granola bars.  The afternoon sun  shining on the ocean was a welcome sight along with the ocean breeze to cool our way back to the trailhead.

It was a great hike, lots of pictures, some minor confusion over birds in a bush and lots of gorgeous sights.  Future coastal hike are probably going to take us back to Angel Island and San Bruno Mountain as we get a look at the damage from the fires there a couple of years ago.

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