Above: Tomales Bay
Posted in Blogging Marin on Thursday, August 15, 2013 by MCVB Staff
Point Reyes' Quiet Side: Tomales Bay State Park
Forty miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, just past Inverness and on the way to Point Reyes' esteemed lighthouse, there's a diversion not to be missed: Tomales Bay State Park. The 2,000-acre park is a hidden collection of sheltered coves, sandy beaches, tidal marshes, and Bishop pine groves that captures the very best of the peninsula's peaceful eastern shore.
We brought our kayaks to the park, arriving midday after temperatures had risen to the pleasant lower 70s. From Heart's Desire Beach, we cruised northwest following a wind-protected rocky shoreline dappled with sea caves. At nearby Indian Beach, we pulled ashore to explore two “kotchas” —reconstructed bark shelters typical of the Coast Miwok people who called this place home for 5,000 years.
The park is habitat for foxes, raccoons, badgers, weasels, chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, deer, and bobcats and other animals. Land and sea birds include the spotted owl, quail, goldfinches, puffins, great blue heron, pelicans, ruddy ducks, woodpeckers, meadowlarks - and more. In the beach areas, a variety of clams and fish thrive in the shallow, murky waters.
Please also view Ben's blog in the Examiner.
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