Sunday, February 7, 2010

Limantour Beach, California

This is the last positing from Pt. Reyes National Seashore. The Limantour Road leaves the Bear Valley Visitor Center and crosses the ridge over to the Pacific side of the Seashore. It is a curvey road with lots of great views and not recommended for trailers.

I have always been partial to salt marshes. And just above the spit is an excellent salt marsh to is great for bird watching and kayaking. Limantour Beach to the east is open to dogs on leash. West of the trailhead is closed to dogs.
The scenery is always impressive even when it is at your feet! The kelp pod makes a great composition in black and white. Well, it might not be an Edward Weston original photo, but it is a throwback to his photography in the 1930's along the California coast.

The are lots of outstanding places to eat and drink fine wines along Tomales Bay just north of Pt. Reyes. Our choice was Nick's Cove. Great view over the bay. Good service, outstanding food and wine are a great way to finish an afternoon of exploring the seashore. That's the good news, the bad news is that it is pricy. But you can lower the cost by having lunch instead of dinner.

Pt. Reyes National Seashore is a perfect backroad area to explore. Close to the San Francisco Bay Area it is a world apart in its natural setting.
The downside? Well, it is impossible to find a place to boondock. Finding a place to camp is even difficult. There are NO public campgrounds accessible to vehicles in the National Seashore. So you are limited to a private campground or Samuel P. Taylor State Park which is four miles away.
Large rigs will not fit in Samuel P. Taylor and it is located in a creekside setting that where you can watch spawning salmon. The bad news is that it is dark and dank during winter.
Here are the important web sites.
National Park Service:
Samuel P. Taylor State Park:
Olema RV Resort & Campground:
Pt. Reyes National Seashore is a place that you can spend a week or a lifetime.

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