Subject: Re: N.California coast
Dear Marta, Just my 2 cents... We love the Pt Reyes Nat Seashore. It is by far the most beautiful stretch of coast that we've seen (perhaps except for Karpathos, Greece... ) Anyway, do consider this. Inverness is a tiny, quirkey outpost before another 1/2-hr drive further to the beach. There are good restaurants and B& B's. (Please check out the Visitors Center before going on to Inverness and the Seashore as they have maps and good info) If you decide Pt Reyes and decide on one hike, I would suggest the coastal walk to Tomales Bay from McClure Beach - not the lighthouse walk. This is a longer walk along the coast and when you cut inland - the elk herd will be abundant!!! It's an amazing walk, really - not too strenuous, but absolutely beautiful.

Also, further up the coast beyond the Russian River is Salt Point and the Rhododendron forest. In the spring, it's in full bloom and is georgeous. It won't take too long to go through, but it is very beautiful - (I believe Avenue of the Giants is not too far, but I'm not sure anymore - check your maps).

We adore this part of CA., as it's not too crowded and after a windy spell in the spring, the coastline with it's boulders and rugged appeal is fantastic. Please email me personally if you want info on restaurants in the Pt Reyes area or some places to stay. Enjoy. Susie Newton, MA