Ron was missing the stress of driving twisty route 1 along the coast (ha!), so back west we went. It was a short day when we stopped at Bodega Dunes State Park in Bodega Bay – the typical state park $33 price. Arriving on a Monday, we had our choice of sites.
We wanted to stretch our legs, so drove out to Bodega Head at the outer end of the peninsula. Although it was hazy, as usual, the cliffs were dramatic.
We spotted some gulls nesting on the offshore rocks.
The Bodega Head Trail was pretty, even in the haze, with wildflowers galore.
I especially like these tiny irises.
The cliff seems to be encroaching on the trail. Yikes!
We could hear lots of barking so we knew there had to be sea lions on that rock way out there.
Bodega Harbor, on the left, is well protected by the sand spit. But I don’t know if I would stay in that RV park. It seems that one big wave would take it all out.
There was an interesting story about this pond, locally known as the ‘Hole in the Head.’ It looks natural, but was created when construction of a nuclear power plant began in the early 1960s. The project was scrapped in 1964 due to objections by concerned citizens. Good thinking, since it’s very close to the San Andreas Fault. The ‘Hole’ is actually 120 feet deep.