Date Day: A Cozy Afternoon in Point Reyes

While reading, listen to Home by Bruno Major.

After a very full week and busy weekend at church, Reed and I couldn’t wait to enjoy a fun and relaxing Labor Day.

Is there anything better than a long weekend? Gimme all the days after Friday and before the next work day! It’s been relentlessly hot in the Bay Area (never thought I’d see the day), and without AC in our little apartment, I knew we needed to get out of the house...and chase the breeze! We packed a picnic lunch, jumped in the car, and headed for Point Reyes. Point Reyes, a sleepy town on the Pacific Coast, is in Marin County, about 30 or so miles from central San Francisco. Some friends of ours (thanks Matt & Elina!) recommended its beaches, hiking trails, and downtown area. Thankfully, the further we drove north, the chillier it got!

The gorgeous drive included many of the things I love about Northern California...coastal vibes, redwood tree forests, unique homes, rolling hills, farmland, and vineyards! All in under two hours! We enjoyed every minute (I squealed at something approximately every other minute), listening to my cozy days playlist as we went. Our first stop was Point Reyes National Seashore, a little beach wedged between both woods and yacht clubs. We laid out our blanket, ate our simple lunch of pb&j, veggies, and fruit, and took in the scenery. The water was full of sailboats, windsurfers and swimmers of all ages. Reed and I read some chapters in our books of the moment (Him: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, Hers: Love Henri: Letters On The Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen), people watched (AKA: stared and “aww’d” at every flippin’ baby I saw), and took turns napping.

Later, we drove to Point Reyes Station, the quaint downtown area, where we ordered coffee from Toby’s Coffee Bar, walked through the little shops, and shared a delicious (& huge!) chocolate chip cookie at Bovine Bakery. Truthfully, I could have eaten ten in a row! Halfway through our stroll, the wind picked up and it started to rain. For any other frizzy-haired girl, this would’ve been a nightmare...but friends, I was just so thrilled to not be sweating! It felt like Fall, and I wanted to cry!

So take me home, don’t spare the horses
Away to the silence I need
Take me home, don’t spare the horses
Away to a gossamer breeze
I don’t need to build a house of stone
Cause wherever you are’s where I call home.
— Home by Bruno Major

We got back in the car and enjoyed the coastal drive towards Sausalito. We stopped off and grabbed a few slices of pizza (thank you LORD for lactase pills that help me eat cheese when I’m feeling weak), and watched the sun go down behind the San Francisco skyline. Anytime Reed and I are even remotely enjoying life, we get real annoying and start saying stuff like “This doesn’t suck,” and “We’re just living our best life,” and “God is real” until we’re too tired and happy and have run out of words. What can I say? We are enthusiastic about life! After our little fit of excitement and gratitude, we headed home. It was truly the perfect way to spend our Labor Day, and I can’t wait to sneak off to Point Reyes again soon!

How was your long weekend? What is one of your favorite ways to spend a day off? Share in the comments below, I always love new ideas or revisiting old favorites!