We had a fantastic weekend in at Point Reyes, while most of the adult seals have left Drakes Beach, the weather was beautiful, the wildflowers have begun to bloom and there were many whale sightings on the Chimney Rock Trail. In addition to this awesomeness, thanks to the effort and hospitality of several docents we had a wonderful meal at the boathouse on Saturday.

I came to PORE three years ago, largely for the wildlife and wilderness. Funnily enough, it is the people that have caused me to feel so passionate about the park. Many of the visitors, park staff and (especially the) docents have been so incredible, it is the people that keep me coming back. Why was today bittersweet? Sadly, it was my last day, in the field of the 2019 WWD season. Happily, I will be headed back down to the Channel Islands as a Seasonal Interpretive Ranger. While I am bummed to say goodbye to an awesome park and a ton of fantastic people, I am also excited to be going back to an equally beautiful place and another NPS family.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy Channel Islands National Park please consider this an open invitation. I will be stationed on Santa Cruz Island so please send a note to me (pickton@hotmail.com) if you are interested in planning a visit. If you are interested in seeing a bird that exists only at on SCI, or seeing sea caves in a kayak I am sure that you will enjoy this small coastal jewel in the NPS porfolio.

A heartfelt thanks to each of you! You have enriched my experience at PORE and I look forward to seeing you next season.

With much appreciation and gratitude.