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 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:
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.)
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.
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