The Big Guy looks south toward Bodega Head, just visible on the horizon

Sonoma Coast, July 1998 — It was just a quick overnight trip to the coast, but we splurged and stayed at the upscale Bodega Bay Lodge. Our room was large, with a private balcony overlooking the bay and a rustic stone fireplace. The hotel complex held a pool as well as sauna, jacuzzi, and exercise room (none of which I was brave enough to try).

The view from our balcony — Bodega Head and the Pacific
The Duck Club Restaurant (left) where we ate supper

But before we got to spend our evening at the hotel, we drove up the coast to the north end of Sonoma Coast State Park and tried to find some hiking trails. Unfortunately, Highway 1 had been damaged from previous winter storms and was closed for repairs, so we had to be content with taking in the amazing views north of Jenner before returning to Bodega Bay.

Looking northeast toward the Muniz Ranches sign; Highway 1 is at the lower left
July30 1998

Rocky coast south of Russian Gulch

We dined at the Duck Club Restaurant that evening, a small but upscale spot with a giant picture window. The Big Guy enjoyed some local lamb, while I stuck to the fettuccine — after which we retired to our room and watched the sunset while warming ourselves by the fire.

Summer sunset over Bodega Head

Next week I’ll continue reliving this short but scenic trip to the Sonoma Coast. See you then!

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