Where in California you can see in one place a whale, elephant seal, tule elks and a historic lighthouse?
At Point Reyes of course.
Point Reyes has been in my to do travel list destination for a quite awhile. After I gave birth to Damian we haven't had so many opportunities for traveling with hiking and sightseeing. Now, when he is more than nine months old I felt much more confident to do such trips with the kiddos. Plus my grandma is here from Bulgaria, which is another good excuse for such trips.
George and I visited it once when I was pregnant with our first son in the summer of 2013. But now , it was different. I felt much more energetic and enthusiastic to even make some photos there. That day we were very organized as unusual. We left the house at 8 am, stopped for a coffee at Bovine Bakery in the small town of Point Reyes Station, CA and got at the lighthouse parking lot at 10:15am. No traffic, just a green grass all over the road, farms and fresh spring air.
We had a plan that day. Wow, making plans with two small kids? Yes, at least I try and especially that day it worked. Point Reyes is a very educational place and especially for kids and great outdoor activity location in Marin County for a family weekend. If you are lucky as we were that day you could see a whale swimming in the ocean,the northern elephant seals and a herd of tule elks.
Oh and the spring. We did the trip in the first weekend of April. Let me tell you everything was so beautiful out there, the hills were covered by all kind of flowers and the air was so fresh.
What makes Point Reyes National Seashore a must see travel destination in Northern California is that it is the second foggiest place in North America and the windiest place on the Pacific Coast. Driving to the lighthouse in the fog felt like going into the infinity . We saw few deers near the road . We didn't see any cars on the road, so I was wondering if the lighthouse is open. But we saw few deers near the road Once. Once we got to the lighthouse parking lot there were few cars there. Suddenly, after our arrival the parking lot started filling up quickly. In fifteen min the lot was almost full. If you plan a trip to the Point Reyes Lighthouse get there by 10am if you want to really enjoy what the park offers and get to the lighthouse before it closes in the afternoon ( I think 4pm).
It was quite a walk to get to the top. Once we got there at the information building where you can buy some magnets and other souvenirs we had to go all the way down the stairs to get to the actual lighthouse historic building. Be prepared that climbing up is a harder one. My two and half year old son did it with a little help from us, so you can do it too. On the way back we saw whales swimming in the ocean very close to the shore. It was such an exciting moment for all of the tourists there.
The second stop was to see the elephant seals. We had to drive 5-10 min to get there. We saw them from distance. They were all lying down on the shore. What a free life those creatures have.
Third and last stop was the northest part of the park where the tule elks were. Although, last time we came here with George we saw them on the way to Drakes Bay. The drive to the north part was about 30 min on a curvy road. Few miles before the end of the road we saw a herd of tule elks on the left side of the road. There were many. Some of them standing up, and some of them laying down. All looking at us. We stopped to see them and take some photos. Not many cars has stopped though. I am glad we did it cause later we didn’t see any. The kids were able to see them too.
Nikola was so excited about the whole trip and he didn’t stop talking about the elks, and the whales, and the seals in the car on the way back home. The best way for kids to learn is to take them outdoor to where real life lives and see it with their eyes.