At the end of January Anil and I went for a hike to Limantour Spit in Point Reyes National Seashore. It was a very easy (flat, ~ 6 miles round-trip) and pleasant hike along a long, narrow spit of sand, located at juxtaposition of ocean, marsh and Drakes Estero. It is a biologically-rich wildlife area, frequented by thousands of birds and seals (and not too many people). We enjoyed hiking there a lot, despite the fact that it was drizzling. The beauty of nature and multiple animal encounters more than compensated for this slight inconvenience.
Marbled Godwit - I was amazed that these birds can put their whole beak into the sand!
Look at this huge crab! When we found it, it was still alive. Anil helped it turn around:
A seagull waiting until we leave, hoping to eat the crab: