The sunrise was supposed to be at about 7 am, and it was a little more than a two hour drive to get to where I wanted to be. I actually had two spots in mind--one nearer and one a little further down the road. I left the house at 4:30, thinking about how cool it was that I was able to get up early and drive somewhere interetsting.
I got to the nearer spot about 15 minutes before the sun came up. The further spot will have to wait for another day. I walked out to where I needed to be and watched the light come up. It was a beautiful morning.
I spent about an hour there. While I was photographing, the little stream I had to jump across to get to where I was got way wider and deeper, and I ended up having to wade through it to get back to my car. I had my boots and a change of socks in the car, so it was all good. I headed down the road to a little diner and had a cup of coffee before moving on.
My plan was to explore the north end of Point Reyes. In all my years of going there, I had never been to the north end. It was about a 6 mile drive to the end of the road and the beginning of the trail that heads north to Tomales Point. The trail begins at an old ranch.
Pierce Point Ranch. I will come back here during my photo class field trip.
I took some pictures and then headed up the trail. It is about 5 1/2 miles to the point, but I only planned to go halfway, as I had other things to see. It was a lovely day--clear, and the temperature in the high 60s. There were quite a few people out on the trail.
I saw hundreds of elk along the way. It is a protected area for elk, so there are a lot of them. I got enough elk pictures to last the rest of my life.
A line of granite stones that traverses the point, running roughly southwest to northeast for about 260 meters. To the southwest, the stones point the Farallon Islands, which are about 20 miles out. It was too hazy to see that far today. To the northeast, the stones point to Mount St. Helena, which is probably about 40 miles away. No one knows who placed the stones. The Coast Miwok tribes that lived in the area called them the Spirit Jumping-Off Rocks. I sat near the stones for a while, looking out at the ocean. Pretty much everyone who walked past on the trail paid no attention to them, but for me, it was one of the highlights of the day. I love finding stuff like this.
I took a lot longer out there than I expected, and was tired when I got back the car. I headed down to Drake's beach to take a look at the cliffs for a potential future sunset photo before I headed home. There were some elephant seals lying out on the beach.
I headed home and got back at about 8 pm, dog-tired I took close to 900 pictures. I made a bunch of notes about where I want to photograph during the field trip. It was a good day.