“Hitch Hiking” #7! California’s Amazing Coastline! Hitchcock’s “Family Plot” Swan Song! Point Reyes National Park!

Welcome To Point Reyes National Seashore!

One of the great things about living in a coastal state is that you can travel to some the most beautiful coastlines in the world!

I live in Los Angeles, and you can drive for hours along some of the most beautiful coastline as you head north toward the Bay Area and beyond. So, for this installment of “Hitch Hiking”, my wife Alex and I headed north from San Francisco for a trip into the past!

Located just north of San Francisco, the Point Reyes national park sits almost directly on top of the San Andreas fault!

Once you arrive, there are a multitude of short and long hikes, adding up to more than 150 miles of nature to explore! Some will take you to the ocean and a vintage lighthouse, where at certain times of year you will see migrating whales offshore…

Kule Loklo!

Kyle Loklo means “Bear Valley”, and it’s a recreated Coast Miwok Native American village , which of course we had to check out…it was originally created in the 1970s by the Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM) as a tribute to Marin County’s indigenous people, the Coast Miwoks.

You can spend days at this park, and it beautiful matter what direction you go…and on this day, we saw that we were being watched by one of the locals…

We plan to go back and spend an entire day, including the very long hike to the ocean and back…Point Reyes is just one of many incredible sights to see along the California coast:

Here is a beautiful “Calla Lily” valley just south of Carmel, California – and you just pull over to the side of the road and explore as well. You can see that journey here:


https://johnrieber.com/2017/05/29/visit-natures-calla-lily-valley-amazing-pacific-ocean-adventure/

Once we finished our “hike”, it was time for some “Hitch” – in this case, the Director’s last film!


“Family Plot!”

This 1976 film was a gentle, more relaxed comic mystery starring Karen Black, Bruce Dern and Barbara Harris.

A phony psychic/con artist and her taxi driver/private investigator boyfriend encounter a pair of serial kidnappers while trailing a missing heir in California.

Here is the trailer, hosted of course by the Director himself:

This is Alfred Hitchcock’s final film and its final shot was of a woman breaking the fourth wall by looking straight into the camera and winking at the audience. This was arguably a fitting coda to his career exemplifying the black humor that was prevalent in his movies.

Alfred Hitchcock’s movies were known for featuring famous landmarks such as Mount Rushmore in North by Northwest (1959) and the Statue of Liberty in Saboteur (1942). Hitch apparently decided to leave this movie location unspecific and without recognizable landmarks and filmed it in the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

If you missed any of my previous “Hitch Hiking” posts, you can see some of them here:

https://johnrieber.com/2018/08/05/hitch-hiking-4-a-196-block-hike-through-new-yorks-central-park-peering-through-hitchcocks-rear-window/

So many more “hitch hikes” to share – let me know how many you’ve seen up close!



Categories: 70's Cinema, Action Films, Books / Media, Cult Movies, Exotic Travel, Film Fight Club, Great Films, Memoirs, Movies, nature, Obscure Movies, Pop Culture, Sports, Talent/Celebrities, Travel, Travel Adventures, Travel Memoir, Uncategorized

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12 replies

  1. Such beautiful views–on land and by movie. Another great journey!

  2. Beautiful! Somehow I missed Pt Reyes on my previous California Coast trips. I hope to get there some day!

  3. You have made some great road trips. I love following along with your blog.

  4. Love this idea linking movies with locations.

  5. Lovely scenery, and the usual great connection to the film viewing too.
    I always had an issue with Karen Black’s eyes. They made her look weird. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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