I spent last Sunday pushing the reset button, more than a month of travel for work and conferences had left me off balanced. So I laced up my hiking boots and headed out of the city to Tomales Point.
The Tomales Point trail is inside of an Elk Preserve, created to protect the native Tule Elk from ever expanding cattle ranches. We saw multiple packs of Elk on our 10 mile hike. One group was lounging on the hillside grazing in the sun. Another pack was off in the distance visible only as antlers growing out of the horizon. A third group, mostly female, was seen on our way back with their caves in a valley near the trail head. They were spectacular creatures, and clearly unfettered by our presence.
Point Reyes was dominated by browns, the drought is still in effect, but closer to the tip wildflowers took over the hillside. Bushes of yellow and pink grew to chest height and obscured other travelers from sight. Once we reached the tip we were treated to clear panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay. We took up a perch on the side of the cliff to eat lunch. We watched a flock of cormorants sunning on a rock as waves broke around them, a trio of pelicans flying by in search of a meal, and seagulls calling out as they floated by on the breeze.