Point Reyes | Northern California | Traveling With Kids
“Everybody needs beauty...places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike.”
― John Muir
We had been to Point Reyes years ago, but it was time to go again. We went on Labor Day with some friends. We started at the Bear Valley Visitor Center and walked around the quick and easy 3/4 mile Earthquake Trail, which just happens to be right on the San Andreas Fault. You can see where a fence jumped 16 feet during the 1906 earthquake. The trail is nice and easy for kiddos and there are fun signs along the way to learn more or trees to climb for your adventurous child(ren).
After a quick lunch, we headed to the lighthouse. Well, everyone else seemed to have the same idea. Note to self next time: don't go on a holiday. The lighthouse is only open Friday-Monday from 10am-4:30pm. Since there is limited parking, we ended up parking on the side of the street a bit out of the way. The second my husband opened the door, we knew it was not going happen for us (10 kids!) to walk to the lighthouse, then walk down all the steps. I had read that this spot is the windiest spot along the West Coast, and we definitely experienced that! It was crazy. So, we decided to forgo the lighthouse and make it happen next time. It was honestly a bit of a bummer, but just wasn't realistic.
We headed to our final destination of the day: Drakes Beach. This beach is close to the lighthouse and it is a bit protected. The walk from the parking lot to the beach isn't long at all and it really wasn't too busy. The water wasn't freezing, and the kids had sooooooo much fun. It was a bit cloudy (my favorite beach weather) and I think I could have spent another hour there. It was the perfect ending to our day. Every visit to the coast makes me fall in love with California more and more!
Along the Earthquake Trail
The Windy Coast
Point Reyes Lighthouse (in 2013, when we last were there)