Point Reyes Seashore park

Publié le par C&N

What a great day last Saturday was: fantastic landscapes, a great variety of animals and flowers to be seen,  and a yummy 'pan bagna' in the car, watching a wild Ocean because the wind was way too chilly to be outside. In short, we thought for a moment  that we were back in Scotland! But we just had to look at the size of the parking lot to know where we were. As I pointed out to Ce, we passed more cars in one hour here that we would have in a full week in the Hebrides! OK that's the only derisive comment I will make about our day out as it was perfect. 

We drove North, as last week-end we went to a park in the South of the Bay, and it was a bit disapointing. I mean, the park was nice but way too crowded.  So we decided this time to go to a bigger one, hoping that the ratio human beings/surface area would be better. It definitivily was but still not this "just us" situation we had so many times in Scotland. Ooops second negative comment. I stop now, and here are the pics! 

Our first destination was the Point Reyes Lighthouse. The landscapes to reach it were extremely wild and beautiful.

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 Some beautiful houses, on the road to the lighthouse

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and finally the lighthouse: at first the stairs were closed because of the wind but the rangers reopened it later in the day. A strenuous but worthy walk to get there

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What we really enjoyed about our day out was to be able to see an important variety of plants and animals.

From left to right: Californian poppies, California wild Iris and Ice plant flowers (which cover most cliffs, and a lot of road sides, really stunning)

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We were lucky enough to see a couple of Bambies, and also escaped a very close encounter with a third one who was crossing the road. A big fright for the 3 of us but it gave us the opportunity to see a doe from VERY close range!

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and finally we saw them! Yes we did...

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... an hoax? What hoax??? Alright alright... these pics might be slighty fake but we had a great laugh "creating" them. Especially Ce, the Mischevious Brain behind the joke. The ranger at the lighthouse had a little exposition of various 25cm plastic sea mammals that we used here...
Anyway we did see 3 sets of mummy-baby Grey Whales (Baleen Whales) from a (very long) distance. A very moving instant... and the BIG advantage for me: no sea sickness as compared to our dedicated boat trip!

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We took a road through a lovely countryside for the return. Invariably one of us will start humming the tune from 'Little House on the prairie', the most famous opening credits in the History of TV.

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Just because I can't stop smiling when hearing it, I wanted to share it with you (you will have to suffer a silly advert before accessing the movie but it lasts no more than 7 seconds so be patient). Enjoy and remember your youth spent in front of the telly a long time ago :)



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DOUDOU 11/06/2010 19:24

quelle est ton adresse mail ?

DOUDOU 11/06/2010 19:06

magnifiques photos et très envie d'avoir de vos nouvelles !
que devenez vous ? moi je suis toujours sur montpellier et j'ai maintenant un grand appart vou accueillir....c'est quand vous voulez !
gros bisous

N 11/06/2010 19:09

Salut toi! Grand mail a suivre sur ta boite mail tres bientot.

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