Pt. Reyes Light and History


I visit the Point Reyes area as often as possible. I especially enjoy hiking its mountains, wandering its long and lovely beaches, kayaking in its estuaries, visiting its historic facilities and watching its diverse wildlife.

I urge you to explore the region whenever you can. I’ve been mesmerized by herds of tule elk on cloud-swept hills, entertained by rays and seals in crystal-clear water and dazzled by a seemingly limitless coast on a warm winter afternoon. Then, in each instance, I’ve high-tailed it to a market or restaurant nearby for a great meal. West Marin County is becoming well-known for its wide array of superb organic food, and you can sample some of it along with fresh local oysters in Inverness, Pt. Reyes Station, Olema, Bolinas, Stinson Beach and Marshall. Pt. Reyes is a wonderful day-trip from San Francisco. The drive from the city is beautiful and the destination is hard to beat.


Point Reyes remains fascinating, beautiful and diverse. I urge you to stop by the excellent visitors center in Bear Valley and take short walks to see the nearby San Andreas Fault (check out our related story), the Morgan horse facility and Kule Loklo. California Indian skills classes are offered at Kule Loklo in the spring and fall.


We are sad to report that Charles Zetterquist passed away on October 28, 2008. You can read his obituary here: If you venture out to the lighthouse, and I hope you do, be sure and take layers of clothing with you. It’s a dramatic piece of land exposed to powerful elements blowing in from the sea. On weekends, during the winter months when California Grey Whales are migrating, the road to the lighthouse is closed. Visitors must take a shuttle. If you can, visit the lighthouse on weekdays to avoid the crowds. And keep your eyes peeled for the fastest birds on earth. The last time I was there I spotted three Peregrine Falcons racing the wind.


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