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Bodega Bay, CA - Porto Bodega Marina and RV Park

Bodega Bay, CA - Porto Bodega Marina and RV Park, another view

Bodega Bay, CA - Porto Bodega Marina and RV Park - the...

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 0 - our route - 182 miles

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 1 - skirting the mountains to get...

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 2 - a purple crop of some...

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 3 - since we are approaching the...

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 4

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 5 - where we fed the Mothership

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 6 - still running alongside the mountains

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 7 - entering the San Jose area

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Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 10 - Oakland, CA

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 11 - the shipyards

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 12 - and the traffic on a...

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Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 14 - the San Francisco Bay

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Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 16 - the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge crossing...

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Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 18 - back on terra firma

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 19 - reckon what these condos cost

Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA 20 - as we go through Petaluma...

PCH Trip 0 - our route - 125 miles round trip

PCH Trip 1 - the skies are grey as we start out...

PCH Trip 2 - one of the beaches along the Sonoma Coast...

PCH Trip 3 - not big waves but they are making do

PCH Trip 4 - the homes along the beach are mostly windows

PCH Trip 5

PCH Trip 6 - the PCH in this area is a little...

PCH Trip 7 - the Russian River just a little east of...

PCH Trip 8

PCH Trip 9 - some murals in the town of Point Arena

PCH Trip 10 - some color on the local pharmacy - I...

PCH Trip 11

PCH Trip 12 - some pets at a local landscape nursery in...

PCH Trip 13

PCH Trip 14

PCH Trip 15

PCH Trip 16 - the sun is trying to emerge as we...

PCH Trip 17

PCH Trip 18

PCH Trip 19

PCH Trip 20

PCH Trip 21

PCH Trip 22

PCH Trip 23

PCH Trip 24

PCH Trip 25-a sand bar separates the Russian River from the ocean...

PCH Trip 26 - the ocean side of the sand bar

PCH Trip 27 - home perched precariously on the edge of a...

PCH Trip 28

Bodega 1 - The kite, flag and taffy store

Bodega 2 - kites flying near the campground

Bodega 3

Bodega 4

Bodega 5

Bodega 6 - crab traps ready for deployment on Spud Point

Bodega 7 - the coastline at Spud Point

Bodega 8

Bodega 9

Bodega 10

Bodega 11 - where we bought Doris' crab


Our trip from Monterey to Bodega Bay, CA was 182 miles from the coast to Silicon Valley, across the San Francisco Bay and back to the coast again. The traffic wasn't too bad on a Saturday morning but seven lanes of traffic can be a little stressful when you are traveling in a 60 foot vehicle combination and you have maniacs all around you in a hurry to get on with their weekend!

We arrived at the Porto Bodega Marina & RV Park to a packed campground. Thank goodness we had a reservation! On Sunday, most left and the campground was only about 30% full the rest of our stay. We have a full hookup, back-in site with good Verizon and a clear shot to the satellite. Our particular site has the hookups all the way to the rear so it will be a little inconvenient but we will manage.

Monday we drove the PCH about 60 miles north and back. The trip started out under grey skies and fog but cleared up a little by the time we started back. Like around Monterey (and I 'm sure the rest of the Pacific Coast), the scenery is stupendous!! Around every curve (and there are lots of them), you anticipate what you find on the other side. The West coast rocky shoreline is so different from the East coast sandy shoreline, with the possible exception of Maine. When we returned we headed around the bay from the campground to the Spud Point Crab Company to see what all the fuss is about the Dungeness Crab. We picked one up from them and Doris had it for a late lunch AND LOVED IT!! She said it is probably a little better than lobster since it has more taste. She should get her fill as we move up the coast through northern CA, OR and WA!

Tuesday we did a little shopping and touring around Bodega Bay. It is a tourist area with all that entails. They do have a couple of kite, flag and candy shops that are very colorful. We also went all the way to the end of Spud Point (right across the bay from the campground) and looked for whales but there were none to be found.

Today was catch-up day around the Mothership and trying to nail down a few more reservations for upcoming stops. Tomorrow, we head for Ukiah, CA for a week.

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