Monday, December 16, 2013
The Point is the Point
One of my favorite places in this vast and varied world is Point Reyes National Seashore. I feel alive and expansive in this land of serenity and beauty. Curious to know more about this majestic place, so close to my house yet so far away, I purchased An Island in Time: 50 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore, by John Hart, which highlights some of the major issues that have defined Point Reyes over the last 50 years, such as dairy farming, the animals that inhabit Point Reyes, and its very creation. This is somewhat of a "coffee table" book in that it has lots of glossy photos, but it also has a good deal of information as well. I wasn't riveted by Hart's writing, but it did provide a good overview of Point Reyes and some of the controversies and debates about the land over the years. I'm interested in pairing this with The Solemn Land, a much older work written by local Point Reyes historian Jack Mason.