A few weeks ago, I realized we were halfway through summer, yet Chris and I hadn’t gone on any summer adventures. Yes, I had been struggling with all the fun joys of pregnancy, like nausea and extreme tiredness, but now that those symptoms were fading away, I was itching to get out and enjoy the rest of our last summer as just us. I had been wanting to visit Point Reyes National Seashore for a while because I’d heard it’s absolutely gorgeous out there. Plus it’s along the coast which meant cooler temperatures compared to the dry heat here in Sac. So Chris and I decided to take a day trip out there last weekend and do some hiking/exploring. Not only was I excited to finally visit Point Reyes, but I was also excited to do some hiking and get some much-needed exercise.
We got to Point Reyes around 10 am and started the day with a 9 mile hike! You may be thinking, “Wow, 9 miles? That seems like a lot for a preggo lady.” Well, I didn’t intend to do 9 miles, it just kinda happened. I was originally thinking 3-5 miles, but we were enjoying the scenery so much, we decided to keep going. Luckily, we chose a trail that was mostly shady and flat, but that still didn’t change the fact that my feet were KILLING ME on the way back. Some advice: don’t hike 9 miles in brand new hiking shoes that haven’t been broken in yet. Trust me, I learned the hard way.
Regardless of the painful journey back, it was still an awesome hike because we were surrounded by the beauty that is Point Reyes. The highlight was the end of the first half when we reached the coast and saw some amazing views of the ocean. We even saw some little seals laying out on a rock. So cute!
After our hike, we were starving, so we decided to hit up Point Reyes Station and search for some food. A local recommended we try Station House Cafe so we did, but unfortunately, they weren’t serving lunch or dinner when we got there around 3:30 pm. Our only option for food was to sit at the bar and order small plates, most of which consisted of cured deli meats and raw oysters: two foods I can’t eat! We managed to find a burrata cheese appetizer and split that, followed by a brownie sundae dessert. They were both really good, but I still wish we could have gotten the full experience and ordered off the full menu.
By the time we were done at the restaurant, it was getting late so we knew we needed to head home soon, but we couldn’t leave without visiting one of Point Reyes’ many beaches. We ended up on South Beach and hung out there for about 30 minutes since it was pretty cold at this point in the day. We stuck our toes in the sand, let the ocean waves wash over our feet, and agreed that it finally felt like summer.
Point Reyes is an absolutely beautiful place and a must-visit if you’re ever in California. I can’t believe I, a born-and-raised Californian, had never visited it before! I enjoyed our day trip there but regret not staying longer. There’s so much to do and see there, we could have easily made a weekend out of it. Plus the traffic sucked on the way back (3 hours to get home). I can’t wait to go back to Point Reyes someday and see what else it has to offer.
Have you ever been to Point Reyes? Have you gone on any summer adventures lately or do you have any planned?