Any trip to Pt. Reyes National Seashore should include a drive out to the historic Pierce Pt. Ranch and Tule Elk Reserve. The ranch will introduce you to an important piece of Pt. Reyes history. A hike out the Tomales Pt. Trail from the ranch will take you through some impressive scenery and likely give you a view of tule elk and other wildlife. Ever since the elk were reintroduced to the area in 1978, the herd has thrived. Our photos today start with our hike and end back at the ranch.
Monday’s Blog-A-Book from It’s 4 AM and a Bear Is Standing on Top of Me: I leave the Graveyard behind and journey off to the Pond where bullfrogs and catfish rule and pirates lurk.
Wednesday’s Blog-A-Book from my lead-up to joining the Peace Corps: I help corral a police car at Berkeley and the rallying cry of ‘Never trust anyone over the age of 30‘ is born.
29 thoughts on “An Elk Loses Its Coat, a Coyote Digs Sushi, and a Ranch Is History… The Pt. Reyes Series”
I am envious of your scenery. I can’t imagine seeing those animals or that landscape. So very beautiful!
Pt. Reyes is a special place, Christine, that I have returned to over and over again. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Appreciated. –Curt
So glad someone is living in the house. Heaven knows how long it would last if it was empty.
My preferences for a place to retire, AC, were always the mountains or the coast. Preferably wild. I quite happily ended up in the mountains but I confess, the house and setting impressed me. –Curt
Thanks for the tour, Curt. Tell Peggy I appreciate her telephoto lens!! I take it you two did not get a look at any whales?
I’ll pass the note on to Peggy, G. Appreciated. No whales this time. We looked but were pretty much occupied otherwise. 🙂 –Curt
We walked that trail and saw the elk yet somehow missed the ranch!
That’s not easy, Theresa. Grin. I’m trying to think how you might pull that off. 🙂 –Curt
I’m amazed by how widespread coyotes are in the US. Even the beach!
From what I’ve read, their forays on to the beaches are relatively new, Peggy. But coyotes are incredibly adaptable, hanging out in places like NYC’s Central Park. –Curt
Looks like a great place for a walk, like the rugged headland and those Elk look inquisitive beasts. 😊
There are a number of great hikes at Pt. Reyes Phil & Michaela, each one offering something different. The elk remind me of the deer herd that lives on our property and in the surrounding national forest. When I’m outside working, they tend to hang around to see what I am up to. 🙂 –Curt
Curt that view is astounding , not to mention the coyote beach combers! Sushi it is. Wonderful photos of the elk and good to hear of the reserve.
There’s no lack of scenery at Pt. Reyes, Sue. But, then again, you have the Canadian Rockies. 🙂 I’ve always enjoyed the wildlife at the National Seashore. I don’t think I have ever been there without finding something of interest. Thanks. –Curt
That looks like a wonderful place to visit, Curt. Blue skies, Calla lilies, coyotes and elk against the Pacific. I also love the roofs and could live there! Ha ha. Great shots from the two of you. Thanks for sharing the beautiful day.
Pt. Reyes is a jewel of a park, D. One I have returned to again and again for its beauty, wildlife and gorgeous ocean views. Thanks. –Curt
Love this area and really want to get back there. We “saw” Pt. Reyes on a foggy day — hardly could make out anything. Would have loved seeing animals, those cool buildings you shared, and that craggy, raw scenery. Yep. Gotta go back.
When I read your title, I couldn’t help seeing an elk standing at the coat check counter, ticket in hand, demanding to see the manager. I enjoyed seeing the coyotes, too. I know they roam our refuges here. After a good rain, their tracks are mixed in with those of the deer, raccoon, alligators, and bobcats.
‘Dairy ranching’ isn’t a phrase we hear around these parts, but I’ll bet there was a lot of enjoyment that went along with the hard work in that spot.
I wonder if the early ranchers had the same appreciation for the beauty that we do today. Hard to imagine that they wouldn’t have.
No alligators around here to track. 🙂
We did have a fox last night, however. The deer have been breaking into our shrub garden and we couldn’t figure out how. So I put up our trail camera. No deer on it but we did see a fox up on our back porch sniffing at the door. This morning, we watched a deer walk up to the camera and lick the lens. I would have given a lot had the camera caught that action. 🙂 But she was too close. We did however watch the deer go over and crawl under our fence immediately afterwards. We’re now working on fixing that problem. Never dull around here…
Them roofs look like they’d be a definite challenge to repair or replace! 😟
You might need a climber’s harness. 🙂
I could live there too.
Wouldn’t be a hard decision. Your camera would be kept busy for years. 🙂
I’m thrilled to read this! We will be on a western swing next month and will driving south through this area in general on our way to visit a son in San Francisco. I may have to add a stop! I love the look of the whole place – animals, flowers, trees, buildings. (We have been to Point Reyes but not this part, I don’t think.)
You won’t be disappointed, Lexi. 🙂 Do keep an eye on the weather. Look for fog free days or days when the fog rises in the afternoon and plan accordingly. It can be a challenge in the summer. –Curt
Tomales Bay is one of my favorite places in the world, Curt. I have spent many hours on this trail, and believe it to be one of the most picturesque places on earth, with Tomales Bay on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other, and all the wildlife, freshness, and big skies. Yours and Peggy’s photos do a fantastic job of displaying the incredible beauty here. Great narrative too.
It has always been one of my go-to places whenever I am fortunate enough to return to Pt. Reyes, Jet. It has beauty, wildlife and history. Hard to ask for more! Thanks. –Curt