Saturday was my birthday. Last year I spent my birthday in class all day long, but this year was different, since I am no longer in school and finally have a Monday-Friday/9 to 5 job, so my Saturdays are wide open. I headed out to Point Reyes in the morning with Arthur and my long-time best friends Corrina and Elena, and we hiked the Tomales Point Trail, which is better known as the Tule Elk Preserve.
At the start of our hike, Arthur found this cute caterpillar, and some tourists took photos of it. It was adorable.
It was a beautiful day on Saturday. Warm, with light winds and barely any fog. From where we stood on Tomales Point, I could clearly see the tip of Point Reyes, where one of my favorite lighthouses stands. We got there at the best time of day, when the trail wasn’t crowded and when the parking was still good.
I wasn’t certain we’d even see Tule Elk that day, but all of a sudden we came upon a herd of them part-way through the hike. They were beautiful in every way. Arthur took lots of photos of the elk, so some of the following shots are his.
It was a truly lovely hike, and it was a great way to spend the morning/afternoon of my birthday. I also got to break in the new hiking boots I got from Arthur.
That evening, Arthur and I checked in to Cavallo Point, an eco-friendly resort and spa in Fort Baker, right next to the Golden Gate Bridge on the Marin side.
Fun fact: Fort Baker is also the location of Starfleet Academy in the Star Trek universe. I am an insufferable nerd.
We donned some 1950′s vintage clothing and went for cocktails and eats with Arthur’s long-time friend, Simon, at Farley Bar in one of the antique buildings. Our stay was a gift from my parents, and what a wonderful gift it was! Arthur and I stayed in an old officer’s quarters, and in the morning we went to the spa for a soak and some lavender-lemon tea.
Doesn’t Arthur look smashing in his late 50′s/early 60′s suit?
We got cookies, milk, and cheesecake for dessert, and the waiter arranged for the cheesecake to come with a “happy birthday” chocolate!
I had a very peaceful, joyous birthday. I want to go back to the Tule Elk Preserve and Fort Baker very soon. Both are great picnic spots!
See you Wednesday.
Amber R. Nelson