stefani greenwood, tomales point trail, observation point

stefani greenwood, tomales point trail, observation point

stefani greenwood, tomales point trail, observation point

stefani greenwood, tomales point trail, observation point

Tomales Bay Trailhead is so amazing. First of all as soon as you are on the trail the beautiful blue pacific is on your right.  Oh to hear and see the sea.  This area is also a Tule Elk reserve so when walking you  might come upon 20 male elk with fuzzy antlers strolling up a nearby ridge and proclaim that you are in love, that this is one of the best days!  You may see baby elk! And then you might walk through a hill of wildflowers (not an exaggeration!) And then you might meander down and reach the farthest end of the land mass, put your sweater on because it is windy (but so good and brisk feeling) and eat lunch.

This hike is on the longer side – close to 10 miles round trip but the hills are rolling and the hike is so worth it! I think that the Point Reyes area is one of the most beautiful places in California.

Read what the Bay Area Hiker has to say: LINK

Thinking about the feelings and effects nature has on me I am reminded of this poem by Wendell Berry:

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

 

xx SG