Point Reyes National Seashore

Trip Start May 27, 2009
Trip End Sep 19, 2013

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Flag of United States  , California
Friday, June 10, 2011

The study of Point Reyes is a study in motion – slow, continental transformations and sudden, violent jolts that shake the earth. The Point Reyes Peninsula rides high on the eastern edge of the Pacific plate that creeps northwestward about two inches a year. The North American and Pacific plates grind together along the San Andreas Fault Zone. This is what happened in the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 when the peninsula leaped 20 feet northwestward.

Point Reyes is the foggiest and windiest seashore on the Pacific Coast and second in the United States followed by Nantucket in Massachusetts. Gusts today were 40 mph, thus closing the 300 stair ramp leading to Point Reyes Lighthouse. Also, fog horns sounded every few minutes. Since 1870, a light has guided mariners past this windy, foggy point.

In addition to Point Reyes Lighthouse, the other famous sightseeing sites within Point Reyes National Seashore are the Earthquake Trail, Sea Lion Overlook, Chimney Rock, and Stinson Beach. Since we had already been to Stinson Beach years ago, we decided to spend the entire day visiting the other popular sites.
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