Birds of a Feather

Weekend in Point Reyes September 29, 2009

Filed under: Travel Reports — kcfeather @ 7:57 pm

We had a wonderful (and very relaxing) time up in Point Reyes over the past few days. Here are some of the highlights:

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We left straight from church on Sunday, and stopped by B-Star Bar for brunch on the way through San Francisco.  Following that, we had a long, windy drive over to west Marin, and were happy to get out of the car when we finally reached our first destination: the Tomales Point Trailhead at Pierce Point Ranch.

This is where the Tule Elk reserve is, and so we were hoping to see some wildlife (and enjoy the scenery). We did indeed see lots and lots of Tule Elk (see pictures below).

After the first afternoon of elk-watching, we headed over to our B & B, and from there went into town (Point Reyes Station) for dinner at a fun local restaurant called Osteria Stellina.  The dinner (slow cooked octopus with chiles, halibut over corn and potato sauce, and goat with kale and creamy polenta) was tasty, and the dessert (almond teacake with plum zinfandel compote) even better.
The next morning, we decided to try again to catch the elk rutting (“antler fighting”). We never caught them fighting, but saw a lot more of the elk, plus some other wildlife on a hike at Drake’s Estero: a cottontail bunny, a mountain lion, and a “jumping fish.”

On our way home, we stopped for a few tasty treats: Barbecued oysters from the Marshall Store, and pizza at Pizzeria Picco (one of K’s favorites) in Larkspur, where we had their special pizza (sausage, cheese, rapini, olives, peppers and fennel seeds) and soft-serve vanilla ice cream with olive oil and salt.

White Gulch, where we saw the largest congregation of elk

White Gulch, where we saw the largest congregation of elk

One of the bucks we saw at White Gulch, who was jockeying for position (and more female elk for his harem)

One of the bucks we saw at White Gulch, who was jockeying for position (and more female elk for his harem)

Another buck with his harem (yes, that really is what it is called...)

Another buck with his harem (yes, that really is what it is called...)

K and C watching for elk at White Gulch on a very chilly morning

K and C watching for elk at White Gulch on a very chilly morning

K and C at Drake's Estero

K and C at Drake's Estero

As we were driving away, one last buck on the horizon

As we were driving away, one last buck on the horizon

The tasty BBQ oysters in Marshall

The tasty BBQ oysters in Marshall

C satisfied after the oyster lunch

C satisfied after the oyster lunch

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