The Way to Point Reyes is Another Long and Winding Road

Long ago, the Beatles sang about a Long and Winding Road.

The long and winding road that leads to your door
Will never disappear
I’ve seen that road before it always leads me here
Leads me to your door.

Well, today I traveled one such long and winding road. I left San Anselmo and began heading in a northwesterly direction. I was on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, After many winds and curves in the road, as well as ups and downs, I turned onto Bear Valley Road. I was in the Point Reyes National Seashore, and my destination was the Point Reyes Lighthouse,

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and at least one of the nearby beaches.

They say getting there is half the fun. Yes, this truly a memorable road, Especially when you had been driving in bright sunlight and then a few turns later, you’re suddenly plunged in to a much darker place due to the canopy provided by the redwoods and other trees. If you are wearing sunglasses, it will take a few seconds for your eyes to adjust.

From the Visitors Center on Bear Valley Road, I was told that it was a 45 minute drive (only 17 miles) to the Lighthouse parking lot. Then about a 15 minute walk to the viewing platform high above the lighthouse.

You could walk down if you liked… but the sign posted called it a very strenuous walk. With the 30 degree angle, this was the equivalent (on the return trip) of walking up to the 30th floor of a tall building.

No thanks, I took my photos from above.

Back behind the wheel, in about 20 minutes I was standing on the Point Reyes National Seashore’s North Beach. Maybe a dozen and half cars were parked there.

It was a sunny day, and fairly warm. You just have to know that I couldn’t come this close to the Pacific Ocean and not stick my toes into it. I asked someone to snap a picture of me, with my feet in the sea – but she flubbed it, likely never even took the picture, as it wasn’t to be found.

The trip back home went faster, or so it seemed, and I made two stops. One to buy some water at Perry’s Deli which is somewhere near Inverness, and then, I stopped at the Good Earth Natural Foods store in Fairfax and had a sandwich built my order:

Turkey, Swiss, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and some sprouts – all seasoned with Thousand Islands dressing on a sourdough roll. This store is only about 4 minutes from my rustic cottage in San Anselmo. Pics below.

Here are a couple of shots – the living room and the bed room.

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On the schedule tonight at the Mill Valley Film Festival is The Judge starring Robert Downey Jr and Robert Duvall. The screening is at the Rafael 1 Theater on Fourth Street, in San Rafael.

Look for my review of the film later tonight.

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