I went searching for Spring Green last weekend at Pt. Reyes Seashore.
Spring Green is one of my favorite colors. To me, it represents renewal and hope. But it is a fleeting color. You have to capture it at the right moment as new buds come out in early Spring. I was too late. At the seashore, all I found was a small sprig struggling out from a rocky path. Spring green was already gone from Pt. Reyes. Looking around the path to the sea, I saw an abundance of yellow and purple instead. Isn't that the way of life? You look for one thing and find another!
Pt. Reyes is on the western side of Marin County. As I drove there on a winding road, I discovered that each point we wanted to reach was just 21 miles away: twenty-one miles from San Rafael to Pt. Reyes Station, the small town near the coast, twenty-one miles to the lighthouse, 21 miles back to Mill Valley.
We arrived at the resort later in the day to find a quiet, light-filled room close to the bay. A pelican skimmed across the water. It was so peaceful that when my husband Bill set up his camera to take a time lapse of the sunrise, he wondered if the noise of the camera clicking would bother the neighbors. We had found a perfect weekend retreat. We had planned for one thing and found another.
We wandered around Pt. Reyes, walked paths to the beach, snapped photos, and sat in the sun for awhile before we headed home refreshed. I didn't see the Spring Green that I was looking for. The early warm weather this year accelerated Spring so that flowers were already blooming all along the shore. That beautiful, fleeting new green had already changed to a more hardy shade of deep green ready for Summer.
Check out Pt. Reyes Seashore: http://www.nps.gov/pore/learn/index.htm
Check in to Tomales Bay Resort: http://www.tomalesbayresort.com