Monday, 12 October 2015

San Andreas Trail & Tule Elk Reserve

We wandered north to Point Reyes for hike #24 to hike on the San Andreas Fault Trail near the visitor center. As hikes go, this one is certainly very tame - nicely asphalted and stroller friendly. But along the way there are many signs explaining seismic activity, in terms that kids can understand. So the small walk became a longer one, since we stopped at each sign. Along the way, we passed the fence that jumped 21 feet and other interesting bits. The visitor center is quite elaborate, with a large number of stuffed animals and birds. A bit macabre I think, but fortunately little children are made of sterner stuff (I mean, think of the children's stories you heard of as a child!)

After the hike, we went to the Tule Elk Reserve, but the 5 y.o. was sleeping in the car so we just stopped by the road side to take some photos of the elk:
We wound up the trip by going to Drake's beach - there was a sand sculpture contest there on the day and it was fun to see all the castles.

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Hike 23 was scrambling around rocks at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. We saw the usual - anemones, crabs and seals.

You can walk on the bluff seen here, makes for a lovely walk.
Giant Green Sea Anemone (or so we think anyway):

Lands End & Sutro Baths, San Francisco

This blog hasn't been updated in a while - the 5 y.o. has started kindergarten and our weekends have just exploded. We are still hiking, but we haven't had time to update the blog much. I'll try and catch up on some of the hikes with photos and brief descriptions, and then get back to the regularly scheduled program :)

Hike 22 was a relatively easy one - we went back to Land's End near Ocean Beach. We had aging grandparents with us, and we didn't want steep climbs. The 5 y.o. led us on the way up from the ruins of Sutro Baths, much to the amazement (and amusement) of the grandparents.

After the hike we spent the rest of the day in San Francisco, doing touristy things like Pier 39 and Chinatown.