I've made a concerted effort this past month to unplug, disconnect and de-blog. (Hey, I've barely even tweeted.) I haven't been idle, but I've given myself plenty of leeway to just do whatever I felt like doing--which has included a lot of exercise but not much writing.
As part of that strategy, Amy and I just spent a long weekend in Point Reyes. It wasn't exactly restful--I returned to SF slightly worse for wear, having pushed it a little too hard on the trails and at the dinner table. (Yes, you can eat too much Marin Sun Farms steak.) But it was still deeply satisfying to be there, exploring new corners while returning to some old haunts.
One change from past trips was staying in a cottage right on Tomales Bay. The distant hill lit by the setting sun above is Barnabe Peak, which I climbed 3 years ago.
This was the first time we've been all the way out to Limantour Beach--the point at the far left in the background is Chimney Rock. Layers of "monsoonal moisture" resulted in some unusually dramatic clouds rather than the typical Summer fog (for a night, at least.)
We didn't make it to the end of the 3.5 mile Limantour Spit, but we got far enough to look across the estero at Drake's Head (on the right). That's the hill we climbed in June, the end of an amazing, desolate ranchland hike.
Tule Elk on Tomales Point, with Mt. Saint Helena in the background. These two males are from the "bachelors herd," a somewhat sad group of adolescent and declining males who've been ousted from the main herd by the dominant male (whose reign can last just a single mating season, apparently.)
The tip of Tomales Point, draped with sea lions and cormorants.
The walkway behind our cottage, leading out into Tomales Bay. At the end you can just make out a loveseat where we enjoyed a warm and starry evening under the monsoonal moisture before the fog rolled in.
A final, solitary view from Limantour Beach. I've said it before: Thank you, Phil Burton.
I suspect the urge to write'll return once Summer's over and classes at Stanford have begun. See you here again soon.