We made a day of it and started with a stop at Equator Coffee in Mill Valley. Their coffee drinks are all made with double-shots of espresso, which is just a little too much caffeine for me, so I opted for a sugar buzz in the form of a hot chocolate and gluten-free chocolate chip bar while The Husband got energized for our hike with a double-shot macchiato.
Afterwards, we headed straight to Abbotts Lagoon for our hike. The website claims this hike is only 2.3 miles out and back, but my FitBit said it was actually a little over 4 miles. It didn't matter though. Rolling hills, bright green meadows, and golden sand dunes made for the most beautiful and peaceful scenery. Birds flitted in and out of the lagoon, a family of deer grazed at a safe distance from the trail, while a herd of cattle had no fear of humans and came right up to the trail's edge in search of the perfect munchable grass. It felt more like a leisurely stroll than a 4-mile hike, and it didn't hurt that the weather was perfectly sunny and 70, too.
When we reached what looked like the trail's end, we continued on through the sand dunes past the lagoon to the ocean on the other side. The Husband waded out into the water a bit but it was a little too chilly for me. I stayed on shore and took a few photos instead.
After the hike back, we made the short 15-minute drive back to Point Reyes Station for lunch at Station House Cafe and a brief stop at Cowgirl Creamery before heading back to the city. Though Cowgirl Creamery makes my favorite cheese ever, Humboldt Fog, we opted for a triple cream camembert-like cheese to bring home instead. Bonus, all their cheeses are made from pasteurized milk so they're totally safe for pregnant ladies! All in all, it was a lovely day. And it still felt like a nice, relaxing weekend even though we both spent Monday working.
What did you do for the three-day weekend? Anything special?