Today we are up early and out the door at 8am. Patty is going to take us North along the Pacific Coastal Highway to do some sight seeing.
We got to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, but guess what… it is foggy. That is ok, foggy photos of the bridge are also very nice photos. There happened to be some sort of a marathon walk or run for some good cause on the bridge as we drove across.
We stopped at the Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitors Center for information about the Lighthouse. While we were there we inquired about a National Parks Pass because we will be visiting several National Parks during August. We bought a Passport Book that you get stamped at each National Park. I wish we would have known about the passport book last summer, because we visited at several National Parks, so we missed out on that opportunity to collect some cancellation stamps.
Just outside the entrance door to the visitors center we stood and watched a little ground hog as he peeked his head out of his hole.
We got our passport stamped and then drove out to the Lighthouse.
Along the way to the Lighthouse we saw this old fishing boat stranded in the mud at low tide.
We arrived at the parking area but it was still about a 10 minute walk along this pathway to get to the stairways that led down to the Point Reyes Lighthouse.
Once you arrive at the stairway, there is a warning sign that you really must pay attention to. If you are not in any kind of physical condition, you should not attempt this descent on the stairway to the Lighthouse, the descent is not hard, but it is the climb back up the 302 stairs that will knock the energy out of you.
Unfortunately it is too foggy to see anything much beyond the lighthouse. Patty told us that the views of the ocean and shorelines to the North and South are spectacular. The photos that I did get to take show how high this lighthouse is above the water level.
And now it is time to tackle the long climb back up to the pathway that will take us back to our car. There are 3 rest stops along the way up, and we took full advantage of sitting and resting at these stops.
Next stop was Coleman Beach and Goat Rock Beach CA for some photos.
Then it was time to head back to San Francisco. I still have not gotten a clear photo without any fog of the Golden Gate Bridge, but this is the clearest shot so far. The South Tower is still shrouded in fog.
For dinner, Karen and I went across the street from our hotel to Heidi’s Pies. We were slightly disappointed with the meal here, and it was rather pricey, but the pies were delicious. Karen had the Strawberry Rhubarb pie and I had the Strawberry Pie with ice cream.
To see all of our photos that I took today, you can click on the link to my FLICKR site.
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