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Sep 25, 2016 - Woodward Valley-Coast-Fire Lane Loop

Sunday, September 25: From Sky to Coast and back Weather: Sunny and hot Route: Sky Camp --> Sky Trail --> Woodward Valley Trail --> Coast Camp --> Fire Lane Trail --> Sky Camp Sunday morning: - Sky Camp was quiet before the crack-of-noon party people began stirring. We enjoyed our usual breakfast, packed a lunch and stowed everything else in the food locker before starting our hike to the coast by 8:30. I was already looking forward to leaving this dry mountain slope for a day in the cool coast breezes. - Our 7.5-mile day hike loop...

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Sep 24, 2016 - Sky Campsite #5

Saturday, September 24: Backpacking to Sky Campground Weather: Warm and sunny Route: Sir Francis Drake Hwy from Samuel P. Taylor --> Limantour Rd. --> Sky Trailhead --> Sky Campground The Sky Campground that Hubby discovered in Point Reyes National Seashore was a perfect backpacking destination for us. It was an easy 1.4-mile backpack to the campsite and offered more trails than we could cover in one day hike, giving us an excuse to enjoy 2 quiet nights in nature. At 10:00 we were lucky enough to get a parking spot at the trailhead as a...

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Sep 23, 2016 - Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore

Friday, September 23rd: Point Reyes National Seashore -- a smorgasbord of habitats Weather: A nippy 45F last night, warming to a sunny 68F but windy at the seashore Route: Sir Francis Drake Blvd --> PCHwy/CA-1 --> Bear Valley Road (Point Reyes Visitor Center) --> Limantour Road (Limantour Beach) --> Sir Francis Drake Blvd --> Pierce Point Road (Tomales Point) Today's Drive: - It was only a 15-mile/30 minute drive to Limantour Beach but the winding, sometimes rough but scenic roads, reminded us of how we pretended to drive when we were...

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Jul 25, 2012 - Point Reyes Natl Seashore

Today we are driving to Point Reyes National Seashore. We are driving through the farmland once again towards the ocean. We passed through a lot of small towns that are just bumps in the road. The road out to the point is very, very narrow and winding and bumpy. The coastline looks very different than in Oregon. As we are driving towards the Point we pass many historic ranches that are still operating as dairies – lots more cows. Some are on open range – watch out for cows on the road! When we get to the point it is ½ mile hike uphill to...

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May 23, 2012 - Point Reyes Seashore

This will be our last update from the area. We have enjoyed this beautiful part of the country very much. We almost hate to leave. :-) There is so much to see and do, it would take many months to really explore this area completely. We hope to return for a much longer stay next time. I am adding pictures of the incredible Point Reyes National Seashore. We visited the area hoping to view the Point Reyes Lighthouse, but it was closed on the day of our visit. I have borrowed a picture of it to show everyone from their website. The country...

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Oct 28, 2011 - Point Reyes - Oct 27-28

October 27, 2011 Leaving Monterey this morning, we headed out north, continuing up the west coast towards San Francisco. Along the way we decided to stop at Safeway to stock up on food and drinks and thanks to the helpful checkout assistant we were able to save almost $20 by joining the Safeway Club! The first proper stop for the day though was at the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge. When we had been to San Francisco previously Elizabeth had never been able to completely walk across it so today she decided she was going to. We were short on...

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Aug 10, 2009 - Point Reyes Nat'l Seashore/CA

San Francisco North-Petaluma KOA, Petaluma, CA We’re staying in Petaluma due to its proximity to Point Reyes National Seashore, which is on a peninsula northwest of San Francisco. (Ok, I had never heard of it; another one of Nick’s finds.) Point Reyes was named by Vizcaino, a Spanish explorer who waited out a storm in one of the peninsula’s bays on Jan. 6, 1603. As he sailed back out to sea Vizcaino passed some rocky headlands, which he referred to as La Punta de Los Tres Reyes in honor of the Feast of the Three Kings. Drake's Bay—-the...

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Jun 10, 2008 - Tomales Point-The Killer Hike!

We drove about 20 minutes along winding scenic country roads into the Point Reyes Peninsula. This is a preserve about 40 miles NW of San Fran. and sits outin the Pacific where nature works its magic with wind,pounding surf and giant clouds of fog. It is here at the historic Pierce Point Ranch that we hiked over 10 miles on the rolling vegetation covered sand dunes. We saw vast expanses of lupin and red thistle. There were but a handful of cypress trees-well weather beaten. The vistas of the pacific and the rocks below from the cliff heights...

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Jan 19, 2008 - Arrival in USA

Our eleven-hour flight from Taipei, Taiwan to San Francisco, California seemed much longer than our reverse trip. We enjoyed three meals, three movies, some snacks, some reading, and a few naps along the way. We all laughed along with the rest of the passengers at the movie called "Game Plan". Somewhere during the trip we each became VERY tired of sitting and made a few laps around the isles to wake-up the circulation in our legs. We arrived into San Francisco around 5:00pm, and processed through customs. Then we located a Friday's...

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Alaska Team 2007

Oct 10, 2007 - Back in San Francisco

Well, we had a great time in Truckee. We were in the mountains at about 6900 feet which is why we had snow. We had seen a lot of snow in Alaska in the mountains, but this is the first time we have actually been in snow since last Christmas, when we were at the same place. We are now back in San Francisco and will be here for another 10 days. We celebrated Claire's 7th birthday in Truckee. We tried to go ice skating, but the rink was closed for repairs and we did not have enough snow for skiing. Now we will get things ready for Kira's...

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Whetstone Trip Home

Jun 23, 2007 - Gentlemen Start Your Engines, Sonoma CA/Lake Tahoe, NV

Thursday, June 21st Finally after a year of waiting and planning we're off on our Alaskan Adventure. It was a very early morning start with no sleep and lots of excitement! We made it to Northern California after catching up with Jim, Regina and friends just north of Bakersfield, who were headed to the races with Charles. We met at the races in Sonoma years ago and have made it an annual event ever since. Jim owns a bar, called "The Pen," in Huntington Beach. If you're not at the track, it's a great place to watch the races. In...

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Alaskan Adventure

Apr 18, 2007 - Preparations (Life in California)

This trip began long ago, before we met again, when we each separately dreamed of traveling the world. We met again in San Francisco, ten years and a lifetime away from our Vermont childhood, and living out West was an adventure itself. Colleen lived in an apartment in the Sunset District, next to Golden Gate Park, and I'd drive up to visit her any chance I got. We'd walk through Chinatown, walk to the beach, or take off exploring up or down the coast. Our first home together was a houseboat in Sausalito, which rocked on the rising tide...

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