Going for a drive on the Point Reyes peninsula was suggested to me by blogger Michael Scandling; if you’re not familiar with his blog, you need to stop reading this right now and head over for a visit.
Welcome back! He does good work, right?
Anyway, at the very north end of the peninsula – literally at the end of the road – is the Pierce Point Ranch; the ranch itself is no longer operating but the buildings are there and visitors can walk around them. Oh, and take photos.
Pierce Point Ranch
Point Reyes National Seashore
On the top of the last ridge before the ocean, in a small grove of eucalyptus trees, you can find the Historic Life-saving Station Cemetery.
It seemed odd to see “life-saving” and “cemetery” right there together that way, but then it made sense: the “life-saving service” was a very early version of the Coast Guard, and its members were in charge of water rescues. The four men buried here were members of the service, and all died during training accidents. You can read about it here – take the time, if you’ve got it, as it’s interesting.
It was nice up here on the ridge. The trees smelled good, a field across the way was covered in yellow flowers, and the light played nicely across the white pickets around the graves.
Historic Life-saving Station Cemetery
Point Reyes National Seashore, California