Point Reyes

The most beautiful and wild beach in California!

Point Reyes

San Jose

We stayed at a relative’s house in South San Jose and woke up at 8 AM to prepare for the trip to Point Reyes. Since the trip would be a full day, we had a full breakfast with omelette and baguette, a French influenced breakfast.
Given it was 40F outside, we speculated that the weather would be colder in San Francisco if we would like to stay for the whole day, so we brought big fluffy jackets and some Baltic Trapper Hats with us.

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We drove by Oakland, one of the most dangerous cities in California. I have been to Oakland multiple times due to various reasons, like the time we wanted “bun mam” so badly that we took 2 buses from Berkeley to Oakland. I am not sure if you can feel it, but I think I could feel danger in the air while taking public transportation or walking in Oakland as I had heard stories from my friends that they got mugged at gun point here. Anyway, if you are not familiar with Bay Area, you should better stay on the freeways!

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As you may know, I graduated from UC Berkeley so I knew the city well. Berkeley is a small city that houses the best public university in the world. I haven’t been back here for a year but things hadn’t changed much since then. I could clearly see the iconic bell tower of the university from the I-80

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Gas at San Rafael

We stopped at San Rafael for gas. I knew the area pretty well too as I interned at Autodesk in 2012 in this city. The city is pretty nice and clean located in Marin County, north of San Francisco. We traveled through the East Bay and crossed San Francisco Bay through the scenic 2 level bridge.

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Point Reyes National Seashore

This is the most gorgeous seashore I have ever been to in California! Everything looked so green and there are lots of animals like deer, cows eating grass along our way to the old light house! The way to the lighthouse is pretty long (>20 miles from Shafter Bridge) but it is the most interesting part of our journey!

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The old Lighthouse

The Point Reyes Lighthouse, also known as Point Reyes Light or the Point Reyes Light Station, is a lighthouse in the Gulf of the Farallones on Point Reyes. It is located at the end of 300 step staircase which is pretty strenuous if you want to go back from the lighthouse with 40 lbs of camera gears!

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Quick stop at Sausalito

Sausalito is a nice little town with shopping centers along the coast. There are some ferries that can take you from San Francisco to here and back. I often stopped at this city for some bakery whenever I have a chance!

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Battery Spencer

This historic spot is one the most breath-taking spots in San Francisco. It is located in Marin County right at the entrance to Golden Gate Bridge. Parking is a difficult here as there are lots of tourists! The wind is another challenge here so be very prepared here, especially if you have kids! I had to lower my body to avoid being knocked over the edge and nail down my tripod to make sure that it wouldn’t destroy my long exposure pictures

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