Tomales Bay Oyster Company and Limantour Spit, 10 April 2005
Sunday morning found us driving north listening to Car Talk on NPR
with visions of fresh oysters dancing in our heads. Just minutes
past Point Reyes Station we pulled to the left off of Highway 1 into the
Tomales Bay Oyster Company and as luck would have made it just in time
to secure one of the last picnic tables with associated grilling
We brought with us two loaves of bread, one levain and one just white
Italian, a bottle of Macon-Villages, bacon, spinach and a frying
pan. I had made a little ramekin of mignonette before we left and
brought a couple of lemons with us as well. On the way we bought
two small bags of charcoal which came in handy for the grill. Once at
Tomales Bay Oyster Co., I bought one dozen extra-small oysters and one
dozen of the small. Only the extra-small were small enough to be
shucked and eaten raw. All the other sizes were definitely for barbequing.
As I rendered the bacon, and then sautéed onions and spinach with it, a
man from the table next to us glanced over and said, "That sure
looks good!" We talked to him for a while and offered him
some of our bread and he in turn offered us some wine. A good time
was had by all.
After our feast we gave away the remainder of our food to the other
picnickers then headed south to Point Reyes Station where we strolled
around in the warm sun and perused the shops making up the small
downtown area. Still feeling the effects of our large meal we had
choice between a nap or a nice stroll; selecting the latter we headed to
the Limantour Beach parking lot and walked to the tip of the spit.
It was quite a bit further than I imagined, however we were in no rush
and the area is quite beautiful. On the way back we explored the
Estero side of the spit, and meandered in and out of the dunes. We
found a little lean-to that someone had built, complete with bleachers
and a shell covered plate.
|From the Limantour parking lot to the tip of the spit is
slightly less than 3 miles. The sand close to the water is
hard enough to ensure that walking is a pleasure, not a chore.
On our trip we followed the coast to the tip and then
explored the Estero de Limantour and dunes for a while before heading back to
the coast for the walk back. This is a spectacular area
but I found the dunes to be an unexpected pleasure.
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