I hope you all have had a lovely weekend. I don’t know about you, but the last couple of days have been pretty lazy for us. Sleeping in. Breakfast in bed. Barely even leaving the vicinity of our neighborhood, let alone our apartment. And yet, I’d be lying if I said I had any regrets. Sometimes, those slow-paced days are just good for the soul. A reset button, if you will.
Remember how in the last post I mentioned sharing more on our first city escape? Well, that time has come! I’ll jump back in where I left off. After swinging for way too long on the rope swing at Kirby Cove, Derek and I hopped back into our rented Mini Cooper to continue our journey to Point Reyes.
If you’ve ever made the drive from San Francisco to Point Reyes then you know there are so many little detours you can make along the way. For starters, the enchanting Muir Woods. My advice if wanting to explore Muir Woods: make sure to go EARLY!
We were going to make a pit-stop at this redwood forest, but given the fact we had previously visited this area before — granted, that was four years ago — and the parking lots were overflowing with crowds, we decided to instead keep driving to Muir Beach.
Talk about a small sliver of paradise.
Although it’s only located three miles from Muir Woods, you’d never guess the close proximity, as this beach feels like it’s a world away.
We instantly fell in love with this area. From the colorful cottages tucked into the seaside hills to the calm coves gently colliding into the coastline, I can certainly see why this beach is such a popular spot for locals.
As soon as my toes curled into that cool sand, my mind couldn’t help but enter into a state of serenity.
Oh, and if you are in the mood for some ultra-spectacular views of the pacific coast, I suggest following the beaten path to the top of the ridge-line above the beach. Be warned, you might just become hypnotized by the salty sea air, as that’s exactly what happened to us. But, let’s be honest, is that really such a bad thing?!
After saying our farewells to Muir Beach and all its glorifying beauty, we kept driving and soon said hello to yet another beach.
Even though the sun was no where to be seen when we arrived, people were still out and about taking in all the wonderful things Stinson Beach has to offer. Serving as the perfect oasis to swim, surf, or simply sit and stare on the soft, white sand, it’s no wonder why so many people come here to escape the frantic pace of everyday life.
On a side note: who knew the journey to Point Reyes would be filled with such hidden gems?!
At several points, we found ourselves pulling over along the road just to stand still — in complete silence — and take in all the scenic splendor surrounding us.
I will always remember this day as being such a peaceful one. After several weeks of demanding work schedules and nonstop hustle, it felt so refreshing to simply unplug and unwind.
Blocking thoughts of the past and worries of the future, on this day, we made it a priority to just be.
Just us, together, in the present moment.
And, after countless spontaneous detours, we finally had arrived to the national seashore of Point Reyes.
Ah, what a majestic place this turned out to be. Love at first sight, really.
Calm and glistening waters. Rocky headlands. And, most importantly, off-the-grid peace. I couldn’t have asked for more.
Point Reyes, you are pure magic. I look forward to the day we meet again.