We had never explored California.
Both of us have been there briefly on business or a quick weekend trip; never together. After the urban experience of a month in Chicago we wanted a quieter place in Northern California to taste the wine, eat the food and examine the culture. We chose the one bedroom apartment pictured above because it was literally on the bay, close to the Napa, Sonoma and Russian River wine areas, and about 1 1/2 hours from San Francisco.
The town of Bodega Bay boasts a population of less than 1000 and was the site of Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film “The Birds”. The town really has not changed that much since “Hitch” rolled into town in 1963. Most restaurants and businesses have picture of that Hollywood invasion that show the stars dining and exploring the village.
The building has quite a history, originally built as a creamery to process raw milk for shipping via boat to San Francisco. It became an artist’s studio, a ceramic factory and about 16 years ago, a home and two apartments. Our apartment was the light brown corner on the top floor with a wonderful deck for just watching the activities on the bay and listening to the sea lions and seals bark.
The one bedroom apartment had a very nice kitchen for Eric and a beautiful view of the bay for KarenWe spent the month of October in this fishing village exploring and enjoying new experiences. Crabs are the major harvest of the fishermen but substantial quantities of fish are brought in every day. The catch of the day was most often our evening meal.
We enjoyed walking along the bay,enjoying the flowers of the seasonas well as the rock sculptures that dotted the shoreline constructed perhaps by “wannabe” druids? Not really sure what these things were meant to be, but I surmise that since you can not build sand castles on Northern California beaches, the weekenders build rock castles.
Without our bicycles, we resorted to hiking almost every day along the fantastic Sonoma coast line often on trails less than a foot wide hundreds of yards above the pounding Pacific surf.This coastline is NOT the Florida that Eric knew growing up in Florida.
This was one of the more spectacular ocean view homes overlooking this dramatic coast.