I recently posted about our Airbnb stay in Sebastopol - which was an ideal location to call home for the two nights, considering it was in the middle of everything (forests, sea coasts, farmlands, etc.) I didn't actually set an agenda, but I did plan potential activities. Once we got there, it was an "anything goes!" type of adventure.
For my birthday every year, I go on a hike (of course!) This time, I chose the Tomales Point Tule Elk Reserve. It was a long 10 mile hike through the fog, which left us quite tired and hungry. So after the hike, we made our way down to the foot of the Tomales Bay: Point Reyes Station!
I know Point Reyes, this coastal area produces some of the best cheese in California (when it comes to cheese terroir, the ocean fog and salty pastures here are definitely unique!) But here's what I didn't know: Point Reyes Station is a small town, tiny! There are only a couple of blocks, few residential homes, and a population of less than 400. Point Reyes Station was once a railway terminal, and it also once was home to a dairy ranch, which is now a restored wetland.
On the main streets, there are old buildings, some defunct, and some still in use -- like the old Western Hotel/Saloon, and the feed barn. In town, you'll also find a bike shop, a community garden, and Tomales Bay Foods, which houses Cowgirl Creamery (if you haven't tried their award-winning cheese yet, do it!)
After resting over a cup of earl grey and lunch, we took a little walk and found the trail entrance to the wetland. Apparently, this land used to be part of the Giacomini Ranch, until it was acquired by the National Park Service to restore back to a wetland (which is still an ongoing project).
The moo'ing cows are now all gone, but the oldest barn remains.
The barn entrance was blocked off by weeds, and the inside was just as eerie.
In the sky, three turkey vultures -- a symbol of renewal and transformation, in parallel to the changing ecologies of agricultural land to wetland.