I went with a few friends to Point Reyes National Seashore this past weekend, a huge spit of land north of the bay area. We stayed in Point Reyes Station with my friend's family and spent the whole weekend exploring the beaches and the elk preserve at the northern tip of the point.
The original idea was that we were going to camp, but it turned out that our friend had family there, so we stayed in a big house with beds. We were incredibly happy about that decision once we got there and realized that it's flippin' freezing on the coast. We left Davis and the 100 degree heat, as usual, and none of us could imagine the 60 degree weather we would be experiencing, so we were a tad under-dressed for the weekend. I didn't bring my hiking boots, but I did bring my bikini. Wishful thinking.
We walked around the elk preserve for almost four hours on Saturday, and we saw hundreds of elk. They hang out pretty close to the path in some areas, and there were rangers and park volunteers there with telescopes set up for us too. Apparently, during mating season the elk break into "harems;" large groups of females protected by one male. Funny.
It was a beautiful weekend, full of good friends, good food, apple pie making, and beer drinking on the beach. Perfect.
Tonight I leave for the east coast, where I am staying with my family in New Jersey for three whole weeks! My research has been put on hold, but I am bringing my computer, so you'll be hearing from me. I plan on spending a lot of time with friends in NJ, NY, and PA, and I just can't wait!