S: Point Reyes - A Backpacking Adventure
FC: Point Reyes A Backpacking Adventure
1: Ever since Steven had Lisa join him on his mountain biking adventures, he had his heart set on having his wife join him for one more feat of nature and endurance: BACKPACKING. | So after several trips to REI, practice packs and hikes, and diligent bargaining on Craig's List, they were set with all the gear they would need to survive the rugged terrain of Point Reyes. One couple, 24 miles of trail, three days.
2: WHAT did we bring? | Boots (ankle support) | Backpacks (sleeping bag on the bottom, tent and clothes in the middle, water and Jet Boil on top) | Stylish moisture-wicking apparel (made of synthetic fibers)
3: Tent (A steal on Craig's List, at 1/3 of retail!) | Hat | Shades | And of course...make-up!
5: We were off to a late start, leaving the trail head at 3:45. But the views of the Coast Trail at twilight were gorgeous, followed by several small lakes and lagoons. Only 5.5 miles to hike to our camp, Wildcat. What happens in the forest when the sun goes down? We're about to find out...
7: After enjoying the striking silhouettes against the sunset, it was time to turn on our headlamps for a hike in the dark. Our lights caught the eyes of something big - which turned out to be a deer. Later, the eyes flashed off another much smaller, yet bolder creature. When we tried to make noise to scare it away, it actually took a few steps closer! The mystery animal eventually crept back into the bushes, but as we made our way past it and continued down the path, we kept a knife drawn and rocks to throw in case of a bobcat attack! "Want to play?"
9: It was a chilly night, but we awoke to find that our campsite was just on the edge of the beach bluffs. From our hike uphill to the next site, Glen, we could see the long path we had traveled in the dark.
10: What did we eat? | The last piece of produce for the next few days | Stroganoff ...beefy! | High-performance energy goo | Powdered bacon and eggs: surprisingly awesome! | Good to the last drop | Velveeta instant mac n' cheese: surprisingly horrible
11: What did they eat? Horse poop - Carnivore poop Deer poop - Glossy poop Berry poop Deer skull found on the trail (!) Rat carcass found at the edge of a burrow (see the tail?) Scat (with an entire paw!) Entrails, maggots, and turkey vultures signal someone's decaying somewhere!
12: On our way to Glen Camp, we started to catalog nature's curiosities...
15: There are fungi amongi! How many living things can you identify in this photo? The decomposers are being decomposed! Oh, snap!
16: Arch Rock
17: Carved by erosion of wind, water, land slides, and volcanic activity, Arch Rock boasts several geologic wonders.
18: Flora and Fauna of Point Reyes
20: Our last day's hike would span 10 miles from Glen Camp, back to Wildcat, then to the Palomarin Trail Head, with a stop by the beautiful Alamere Falls.
24: It was a tiring day of exploring...
25: ...but we finally made it! | Now we were off to the Visitor's Center to see the taxidermied animals of Nature's "Scatbook"
26: Egret | Sea Lions | Tidepool Creatures | Great Blue Heron | Cormorant | Whale Skull
27: Deer and Jack Rabbit | Racoon | Badger ( with huge, powerful claws) | Some sort of huge Wood Rat | Kit Fox | Bobcat (probably similar to the one that was stalking us)
28: Point Reyes,thanks for the memories!