Point Reyes National Seashore and Back to San Francisco

Blog Post created by razorbackfan on May 3, 2017

We left Napa after a better than average breakfast at the Springhill Suites Napa.  Once again we were amazed at the amount of traffic and were glad we were heading away from the area. The scenery between Napa and the coast was beautiful.  If there wasn't so much traffic, we would loved to do the trip on a bicycle.  Actually, I saw some bike route signs on the road.


We reached the Bear Valley Visitor Center (park headquarters) before they opened at 10 AM, so we decided we would just head to the Point Reyes Lighthouse about 45 minutes away.  We passed numerous historic cattle ranches on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.  The cows were enjoying the beautiful day as they grazed and lazed (new word) on the serene landscape.


We also enjoyed staring at the beautiful landscape, especially since the first time we visited the area was shrouded in fog.


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The Lighthouse Visitor Center is usually closed Tuesday-Thursday and you might have to take a shuttle on the week-ends, so be sure and check the website for current information.


We were fortunate to see whales breaching in the distance and could see numerous blows. Migrating gray whales are often seen in the area, but we think these whales were probably humpback whales because of the breaches we could see.  If we had been closer, this is probably what we were seeing.  This picture is on the side of the Visitor Center.


We could have spent the rest of the day here, but we needed to head south back to San Francisco.  We drove down Hwy. 1 before being detoured to Hwy. 101 at Stinson Beach.

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The detour took us on a winding road to Mt. Tamalpais which played a very important part in the development of mountain biking.  It is one of the peaks that Marin County is famous for.  We continued driving and at the last minute decided to exit before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge so we could visit the Marin Headlands.  We lucked into a parking space and took some great pictures.

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We had been hearing about the major power outage in San Francisco all day, so we decided we'd better head into downtown a little earlier than we had planned because we didn't know what traffic problems we might encounter.  There were still lots of traffic lights out and the first gas station did not have gas because they had no power to run the pumps.  We decided to go to the hotel and check in, let them direct us to the closest gas station, then return the car.  The gas at the nearest station was $3.69 a gallon, but at that point we okay with the price (we were still getting gas under $2.00 a gallon at home).  When we got to the car rental return, their power had just come back on.


Remember the Ghirardelli Strawberries and Chocolate Squares we had been given at check-in and couldn't find anywhere? 


I had asked at the desk and was told they were a special Valentine's edition that the Marriott Marquis had bought large quantities of, but that they were out of them so they gave us 2 boxes of truffles instead.


Well, when we checked in for our last night before heading home, can you guess what we got? Ghirardelli Strawberries and Chocolate Squares!  I guess the other front desk agent just didn't know where to look for them.


That's the end of our Easter trip report. I hope you have enjoyed reading it.  We had a wonderful time and look forward to another trip.