|The old lighthouse, decommissioned in 1975|
|Do you see SMS?|
|The North view on Pt Reyes|
Our ultimate destination was Tomales Bay Foods. Ostensibly a market but really, it's dedicated to Cowgirl Creamery and all picnic accouterments to highlight the cheese eating experience. The Red Hawk cheese is the only CC cheese (CCC?) made there; the rest are made at the corporate headquarters in Petaluma. We all had a small cheese tasting consisting of Red Hawk, Mt Tam and the seasonal Pierce Pt with flowers and herbs in the rind. They were all fantastic and we ended up with half-wheels of the Red Hawk and Pierce Pt, in addition to the Inverness, a spreadable, tangy cow's mild cheese. I also added honeycomb and Marcona almonds to our grocery basket!
|So many people! No reservations, no eating at TBOC!|
|Our awesome picnic site!|
|On the stairs and still smiling!|
Afterwards, we piled into the car and drove out to Pt Reyes lighthouse. It was open and we headed down the stairs to check it out. The day was crystal clear and we had a brief park ranger-led tour in the inside of the lighthouse. The trek up the stairs was slightly intense but doable.
|Father and Son|
After the lighthouse, we headed home along the 1. We stopped at Stinson's beach and it's definitely a place I'd like to go to for an extended beach day. It was a huge beach with fine, gorgeous, clean sand. There was a nice surf and although I'd need to get pretty warm to want to go in, I think it would be a great place to spend the day.