Tales from the Field: A Day and a Half at Point Reyes


A bobcat watches from a distance in the brush of Point Reyes National Seashore. Photographed by Chase Dekker.

Sitting no more than 30 miles north of the bustling city of San Francisco, Point Reyes National Seashore holds some of the greatest array of wildlife in California. Point Reyes looks like a strange growth off the Californian coast as it is geologically separated by the San Andreas Fault. Among its rolling green hills, steep cliffs that drop into the sea, and pockets of cypress forests, one can find a great escape, without having to go too far.

I was born and raised in Monterey, which is just a couple hours south of San Francisco, but had never been to Point Reyes. I had met many people who visit frequently and talked about the elk and the coastal scenery and so on, but it had never crossed my find to visit. When I looked up Point Reyes online a few years back, it looked like a watered down version of Big Sur, something the city folk up north could go use to escape the concrete mess of downtown. I had seen elk plenty of times across Wyoming, Washington, Canada and so on, so that was not a huge draw and I’ve watched elephant seals up a