My husband and I love to travel. It’s our favorite way to celebrate, recreate and enjoy each other’s company. While we don’t have the time these days to take long trips involving air planes and passports, we can squeeze in short getaways to local destinations. Thanks to my father, who lets us use his motorhome, local travel is easy for us.
We took off Sunday for a Point Reyes getaway. It’s a coastal/farm area in West Marin County about an hour away from us. We celebrated a number of things, including our 14th wedding anniversary.
We also celebrated my first published article in a touch-with-your-hands magazine. We stopped by a supermarket so I could finally get my own copy of Flourish Magazine’s latest issue. Bill captured my reaction to seeing it for the first time. So exciting!
I wrote my article about farm-t0-table lodging in the North Bay Area. Below is a photo of the contributors’ profiles page. I have to admit, it feels pretty awesome to see my name in print.
While it’s exciting to see my article published, I have even bigger, more important news! My husband has been promoted to Deputy Chief of Santa Rosa Fire Department (the #2 position in the department). I could not be more proud of him. He has worked hard within the department and on his own, earning both a bachelor’s degree and a four-year chief officer’s certificate. This achievement gave us one more reason to celebrate with a getaway!
We packed up the RV Sunday morning and arrived just in time for lunch. We decided to try Marin Sun Farms. It was very hot so we opted to eat outside. I was glad I wore my brown straw hat, a lightweight Stella Carakasi top and denim shorts.
After we finished our lunch, our server told us that bacon chocolate chip cookies had just come out of the oven. How could we say no to that? It was as tasty as it sounds!
It wouldn’t be a camping trip without our dogs, or at least two of them. Daisy and Coco are good little travelers who love to sit on my lap while I relax on a lounge chair. Once we got settled in our camping spot, it was time to decompress.
After an uneventful evening, we went to bed early. The next morning on our anniversary, I set out the framed photo I had brought from home on the kitchen table in the RV. It’s our wedding photo, taking moments after our elopement in Maui 14 years ago. It amazes us both how young we look! We are definitely growing old together and have the gray hair, wrinkles and sags to prove it!
We decided to spend the day sightseeing. The Point Reyes area is scenic place. Everywhere you turn, there is a wonderful photo opportunity. I love the old barns.
And farms from the mid-19th century.
Cows are everywhere.
As are birds of prey.
We drove out to Drake’s Beach, which was stunningly beautiful and surprisingly empty, one of many benefits to taking a Monday off.
We headed toward the Point Reyes Lighthouse next, passing this long stretch of the Pacific coast.
We walked a scenic 1/2 mile from the parking lot to the lighthouse, breaking for an anniversary selfie…
before arriving at these 308 stairs!
A few facts about the The Point Reyes Lighthouse:
~ It was opened in 1870.
~ The 1980 John Carpenter movie The Fog was filmed there.
~ It’s the windiest place on the Pacific coast.
~ It’s the second foggiest place in North America.
We were lucky to happen upon it on such a clear and fog-free day.
I decided to wear this outfit featured in my previous post. I love white with off-white and I think it looks even better with caramel colored accessories. Even though it was very, very windy, I wore a hat. Traveling by RV is not always conducive to good hair days. And besides, I wanted some protection from the sun. This wool felt hat named “Sarah” is a new arrival at Montecristi Panama Hats in Napa Valley. I love the caramel color and braided band.
I didn’t want to lose my new hat while at the lighthouse and carried it most of the time. Looking down onto the rocks below, I could see several hats that weren’t so fortunate!
The Northern California coast is stunning and so rugged. I never tire of its beauty.
On our way back the RV, we passed this wrecked boat in the quaint town of Inverness that’s been there ever since I can remember. We often stop to take photos of it. It’s so mysterious and beautiful!
Rather than go out for dinner on our anniversary, we cooked in the RV. We bought some fresh wild salmon to grill, a couple of baking potatoes and green vegetables at a market in the nearby town of Point Reyes Station.
Before dinner, we enjoyed the remainder of daylight with our doggies. A friend gave me this dog carrier recently. Coco loves it and so do I, even if I do look like the Crazy Dog Lady.
What a fun getaway it was!
Have you been to the Point Reyes area?
Ever visited a lighthouse?
Can you believe October is already halfway over? That means How I Wear My: Leather, Crystal or Glass (for the third year HIWM anniversary) is just two weeks away! Be sure to submit a photo of you wearing leather (or pleather), crystal and/or glass to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 3rd to be featured in the November 5th post. Include a few lines about your look and a photo 600 pix wide or larger for best resolution.
Make it a rich day!
Disclaimer: I was given the brown straw hat and the Sarah hat by my friends at Montecristi Panama Hat Company in Napa Valley. I was also given the Stella Carakasi Case Study tunic. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.