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Spring, just arriving

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
photographed 4.16.2019

Artificial Horizon

Out here where I live, on the Texas High Plains, I can always see the horizon. (Unless the dust is blowing, but that’s a whole different story.) When I travel to places where the horizon is obscured by silly things like hills or trees, I start to get a little fidgety after a day or so. There’s something about that flat line, way out there, that calms me down.

Oceans are good, with their non-broken horizons.

But then, this silliness happened. I have neither explanations nor apologies. That railing was just right there, and I had a camera, and…

Point Reyes National Seashore
photographed 4.16.2019

Difficult to remove

Yes, I am aware that just over my left shoulder, as I made this image, was a stunning view of the Point Reyes beach. And just over my right shoulder was a view of the sea lion cove.

But I liked the looks of this.

Point Reyes National Seashore, California
photographed 4.16.2019

How to get to the end of the world

Are you wondering how, should the need arise, you could get to the very end of the world?

I think it’s right here – just take that pathway, and there you are.

Above Muir Beach, California
photographed 4.16.2019

Life-saving Station Cemetery

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
photographed 4.16.2019

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