Hiking Point Reyes and Eating Oysters

On an overcast day, one can get comfortable staying in and spending the day at home.  I think, after moving from Chicago, I’ve gotten really used to the warmth and sunshine of California that rainy days can be a little hard to deal with.  On a mission to try and overcome this, I scheduled a hike in Point Reyes National Seashore for a questionable day and I feel lucky that the skies cooperated with my plans.

The morning was gray and gloomy but it opened up to be a beautiful day.  My daughter, Evie, is out of school and I’m on a mission to keep her busy and run some of that 4-year old energy out.  My cousin, and Evie’s godmother, Kathy, joined us on our hike and I’m so glad she did.  Evie can be a great hiker, but it is helpful to have more than just myself to keep her motivated.

Point Reyes is only about an hour northwest of us, and makes for a fun day trip.  Gray skies ended up being surprizingly relaxing, cool weather makes for great hiking.  I even think the colors on our hike were made more vivid with the overcast.  Our hike took us through some colorful rolling hills to sand dune areas, and opened up to Abbotts Lagoon.  The whole round trip being about 3 miles, and perfect for Evie’s little legs and shorter attention span.

With the area known for their oyster farms, we decided to have an oyster picnic after the hike, and the skies opened up for sunshine.  The three of us enjoyed the views and the lunch.  It was a beautiful day and I wanted to share some of the photos from the day.

For more information, here are some helpful links:

Point Reyes National Seashore and Hogs Island Oyster Company

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Some tips on hiking with a little one can be found in an older post here.

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Nature’s painted fence.

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Taking a snack break to refuel the little one.

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Further off in the distance, past the lagoon, is the Pacific Ocean.

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A bridge over what I assume used to be more of the lagoon.  

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After finding tadpoles in the reservoir in Pinnacles, she was so excited to check out this lagoon for more.

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No tadpoles, but was still just as excited to find dead minnows at the water’s edge.

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Evie found a bunny and named him “Curly”, she’s dreamed of him regularly since.

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Evie enjoyed running after the bunny, who would jump back into the bushes only to “reappear” later.  I put that in quotes because she probably saw a couple bunnies but was convinced Curly was the only one and popping up just for her.  

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California native poppies in a bright yellow seem so cheerful and bright on an overcast morning.

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Evie and Kathy playing with the native ladybugs.

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Wild berries hide in the grasses.

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The end of our hike got a little more urgent as someone needed to go use the potty.  Always remember to take your kid to the potty BEFORE the hike. =/

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Sweet smelling yellow lupine bushes line our trail with a sweet-pea scent.

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Finding impressive thistles among all the wildflowers, and I love that Evie says they are “pokey” plants instead of “spikey”.  She’s a girl of action.

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At Hog Island Oyster Company where you can purchase oysters, mussels, clams, local cheeses, crackers, with cold beers and wine.  My ideal picnic.  

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Another capture by Evie, as if the angle didn’t already give it away.

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Evie ate her peanut butter and jelly sandwich and strawberries while we feasted on oysters.  

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Feasting on Atlantics and Sweetwaters.

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Evie watching on as the farmed oysters came in for washing.

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The view from our picnic area.

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Dumping our shells into the collection.

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Another of Evie’s pictures, of course she would be attracted to the smallest boat in the vicinity.

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