California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

I asked a friend recently for some ideas for things to do and places to see outside the City of San Francisco. He suggested heading out towards Bodega Bay.

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is situated about forty miles Northwest of San Francisco and is a very pleasant drive. You head out over the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 101 and if you’re like me you’ll come off at the first possible chance and head cross country. I passed through some lovely small towns and villages, which gave me a geniune warmth for the area.

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

On arrival at Bodega Bay I found an information centre where the lady was only too pleased to advise me on where to go and what to see. Loaded down with various brochures and loads of instructions I headed straight down to Bodega Head. Once parked up I headed off for a stroll along the cliff edge. I had been told that there was a possibility that I might spot a whale, if I was lucky. I saw plenty of people who were obviously serious whale spotters; their huge telephoto lenses a bit of a give away 🙂 But today was not going to be the day that I would spot a whale. I had noticed a strange bank of cloud on the horizon, I kept my eye on it as I’m well aware how quickly conditions can change; similar to being up in the mountains, the weather can close in very quickly. I hadn’t gone very far before the temperature plummeted and suddenly the sea mist was upon us. I decided that it would be sensible to head back towards the car and move on.

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

Bodega Bay is where the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds, was filmed. The original 1980 version of The Fog was also filmed in the area; rather fitting I think.

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

I stopped at a lovely little place a few minutes down the road and had an early lunch. The place was recommended by the lady in the information centre. It had won the award for the best clam chowder for the last 11 years. Being one of my favourites, I couldn’t resist; I wasn’t disappointed.

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

California – A Trip Out To Bodega Bay

Time to explore more of the area, more on that soon!

Written by Sheena Findlay

I love to keep fit, doing Pilates, yoga and walking are my passions. I also love to bake, hence the crazy amount of exercise I do. I've been a long haul crew member for many years and am so grateful that my job allows me to go to places I would never have been able to see otherwise. I live in Wiltshire, England and am slowly discovering our beautiful Country.

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