This is the first time that we went on an extended road trip since the pandemic began. We picked a roadtrip along the Pacific Coast Highway where we can stay outdoors almost all the time. Thanks for the feedback from the community in a number of other discussions. Those were very useful as we plan for both the itinerary and the meal.
Since we didn’t plan very far ahead, we had a basic plan for where we wanted to go every day. And then had our meals based on where we actually were when we were hungry, which really meant many preplanned meals didn’t happen because we were nowhere near where we thought we would be. We had almost all our meals picnic style, or in the car (because a lot of times we had long distance to cover between our destinations)
Day 1: Point Reyes Station, Point Reyes National Seashore, Geyserville
Every time we came to Point Reyes, we said we should come here more often, for both the food and the views, but its always years before we come back.
Lunch stop 1: Cowgirl Creamery
Cowgirl Creamery had grilled cheese sandwich and cream of tomato soup during lunch. We got one of each.
The grilled cheese sandwich had a combo of three cheeses. Well grilled, filling, and delicious.
The tomato soup with a dallop of creme fraiche was also well made. Some other customers were saying its too tart but I thought a somewhat tart tomato soup was spot on.
They sold their own cheese and good cheese from around the world.
Since we are going to be in the Humboldt Redwood State Park tomorrow where its harder to find good food, we got a Mount Tam triple cream to go.
Just in case if you want to know how Pierce Point in the Pierce Point cheese looks like, this is Pierce Point Ranch in Point Reyes National Seashore, which we went in the afternoon. Super foggy. They obviously did a lot of ranching back in the days at Pierce Point.
Lunch stop 2: Bovine Bakery
We stopped by Bovine Bakery before leaving Point Reyes Station for some sugary treats.
@Hyperbowler said they are more known for the fruity seasonal offering. We got a plum walnut scone. Yummy. Though the kids insisted on getting cupcakes.
Lunch stop 3: Inverness Park Market.
Since a grilled cheese sandwich and a soup wasn’t going to feed a family of four, we needed some additional sustenance before our hike to the lighthouse in the afternoon. So we stopped by Inverness Park Market in the town of Inverness, which is on the other side of the Tomales Bay inlet.
We got the chicken ranch and the hearts desire sandwiches. The chicken ranch had grilled chicken on a ciabatta with a sundried tomato tapenade aioli. Delicious. The hearts desire sandwiches had bbq tri tip, cheddar, bacon and a slightly hot bbq sauce. Also delicious.
Btw, has anyone tried the czech restaurant down the road in Inverness?
The lunch gave us plenty of energy to hike the Point Reyes National Seashore in the afternoon.
Hard to believe this is only an hour from most of urbanized Bay Area.
Plenty of whales that day!
Lots of dairy farms at the National Seashore supplying milk to Straus, Clover, and others.
Even at Point Reyes National Seashore, its so dry that National Park Service had to supply supplemental water to the elks.