Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bodega Bay Camping

Surprise!  It’s a CALIFORNIA State Park!  I made my reservations for Wright’s Beach campground way last year.  Finally it was time to head for the coast.

Another surprise, it was almost cold when we stopped for a quick walk about the little town of Bodega.  The historical buildings are up on the hill above the commercial district on the highway. 

This is the Potter School.


Across the road is the Catholic Church.


We didn’t spend much time here because it’s just 5 miles from the campground.  I was really anxious to get settled into the campsite and out on the beach.

This is Wright’s Beach.  You can see the campground in the far right against the cliff.  It’s a small campground.  No hook-ups, no showers.  Just beach!  It’s maybe 1 1/2 miles long and hard walking in the soft sand.  This is not a swimming beach, it drops off sharply and is heavily posted with warning signs. That said, there’s tons of room for flying kites, digging in the sand and watching the waves.


We hiked up this trail to an over look of waves breaking in the rocks. 




When we got tired of walking in the sand there is a 5 mile trail along the bluffs with gorgeous views of the ocean.  Every so often there a spur trail down to the beach.  Here’s Super Nephew G climbing the stairs from Shell Beach.


The kids found rocks to climb around every corner.  While I tried not to be a worry wart auntie!


We found this fuzzy creature along the trail. 


There was plenty of room in the main part of our site for my van and Linda’s car.  The boys were happy to put their tent a bit farther away in a clearing under an umbrella tree.


There are two campgrounds along Sonoma State Beach.  We loved Wright’s Beach.  The Dunes, while closer to town, and having showers,  is way too big and busy.  Wright’s is perfect. I’ll surely go back soon.

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