Vortex of Nature, 60 Minutes from Silicon Valley

January 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

More like 90 minutes from Silicon Valley, Point Reyes National Seashore is an active stew of abundant life. The relatively intact and complex eco-system presents visitors with a wondrous physical and emotional experience. Going to a beach feels good. Going to an entire natural world is energizing to the core. Being immersed in the wild engages the senses and heals the soul.

Grooming BobcatGrooming BobcatA big, healthy bobcat grooming on a cold, windy afternoon in Point Reyes National Seashore.

In a day, we saw - thanks to our guide Daniel Dietrich - bobcat, coyote, hawks, a bald eagle, kestrels, northern harriers, and owls. A smorgasbord of apex predators in one safari.

January 6, 2017.

We worship wealth. Here in Northern California, everyone is wealthy because of the endowment of nature set aside by those who came before us. Within driving distance of 4 million people lies a complex eco-system with entire food chains visibly at work. Point Reyes provides:

  • A vortex of nature that you can take the bus to. 
  • Solace and emotional, spiritual re-connection to  the excitement of living. 
  • Perspective in the meditation of watching a successful bobcat or coyote hunt. 
  • Peace and health from walking among healthy things that remind us of our nature as living beings.

People save up all year long to have a week or two in an unspoiled natural place. Wealthy Europeans and Asians stream through the American West to feel untrammeled nature. Our guests marvel at Yellowstone and Yosemite. They flood down California’s Highway 1 to spend a single day along an undeveloped coastline and the clean ocean at its edge. Average Americans can immerse themselves in this nature at no cost. (But because it’s free and always there, we won’t appreciate it until it’s threatened or gone.)

feeding kestrel on a post.Feeding KestrelThis kestrel hopped off the post, grabbed a bird and hopped back on and started eating. Unbelievabluy efficient raptor. Point Reyes National Seashore, January 6, 2017

Even if you’ll never save enough to travel to Africa, you can claim some of the safari experience by walking the meadows and dunes of Point Reyes. Clean air, healthy animals and a working food chain. A real wild experience - a cauldron of energy and renewal - within commuting distance of the tech capital of California. Amazing.

Resources:

Places to stay: Point Reyes Lodging Association - ptreyes.com.

Nature safari guide: Daniel Dietrich, Point Reyes Safaris - pointreyessafaris.com or303-929-8443.

Point Reyes National Seashore: https://www.nps.gov/pore/index.htm

Ferruginous HawkFerruginous HawkFerruginous hawk at Point Reyes National Seashore.

January 6, 2017.

Murmur of the CrowdMurmur of the CrowdStarling murmuration. Point Reyes National Seashore. January 6, 2017.

Red Sky at DawnRed Sky at DawnSailor's forewarned by a red sky over Point Reyes, a day before the arrival of a monster rain storm off of the Pacific Ocean. Point Reyes National Seashore, January 6, 2017.

Northern harrier flying head-on over Pt. Reyes National Seashore.Northern Harrier on the HuntNorthern Harrier on the hunt. Point Reyes National Seashore. January 6, 2017


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