Written by Ishtar on 07 Nov, 2001
Highway One winds southward from the hamlet of Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean, to arrive at Bodega Bay. Drivers along the road are usually annoyed with us because we take our time as some of the views should not be…Read More
Highway One winds southward from the hamlet of Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean, to arrive at Bodega Bay. Drivers along the road are usually annoyed with us because we take our time as some of the views should not be missed. It is in Sonoma County that the coast is the most accessible in California’s famous shoreline. It’s about 13 miles from Jenner to Bodega Bay, but it took us over an hour to get there.
First and foremost is the sandbar which separates the Russian River from the coastal waters; it is quite narrow, but still manages to keep those two apart. This is Goat Rock Beach and its sandbar serves as a habitat to a colony of seals. You are discouraged from getting too close to the animals, but can take photographs within a comfortable distance from them.
As you drive southward, you can see large homes dangerously perched on the warped cliffs, right above the crashing waves. Nevertheless one can understand and envy the view they must offer their occupants. That particular day was overcast, and although the skies looked menacing, we never had the expected downpour. Instead, the grayish light lent a certain eeriness to the photographs we shot all along the coast.
As I lay the map on my lap, I notice that a series of public beaches dot the landscape, and we did spot some surfers at one of them. Personally, I thought they were nuts as the waves were unforgiving.
September, October and November are considered the best months to visit and stay in Sonoma County. Realtors post rentals for vacation homes from 3 nights to a full week, which can average about $1400. If you want to take a look at some of the splendid homes that are available, go to Rentals. Aside from taking long beach walks, you can go on mini-cruises which sight black humped whales; you can also fish, surf, go tide pooling, wind surf, golf, go native and boogie board, ride horses, shop, and get a massage! California most likely has more certified masseurs per capita than anywhere else in the world. If you don’t want to go to them, they will come to you.