Whales, seals and a paddle in the surf
Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
41Trip End Aug 15, 2010
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Back in our room we put the news on and heard that a camper in Montana had been mauled to death by a grizzly - we were quite close to that area and I am glad we did not camp or come face to face with a bear. Being afraid is not so stupid after all!
So the mighty prius took us off to the overcast and miserable seaside once again
On parking - I have yet to see any designated motor cycle bays and it is really annoying when car park bays are at a premium and they take up a whole space!!!
We carried on driving and ended up on a beach (Goat Beach) that was supposed to have seals. It didn't and the sea was really rough. We went for a short walk just to be able so say we had been to the beach. Yukari was standing on the water's edge and running away from the surf and the lifeguard said over his megaphone 'stay away from the water'. We are not sure whether it was directed at her or some kids down the beach. The water was very cold and there are big signs warning about the dangers of swimming at this section of the coast as it is very rocky and there are 'sneaker' or 'sleeper' waves that appear from nowhere and can drag you in
As you do we carried on. We did meet this lady from around here while we were at Logan's Pass in Glacier NP (I think I mentioned her before) and she told us to check out the river mouth around Jenner. When we got there we found the seals just flopping around on the beach enjoying the sunshine which was finally beginning to come through the cloud. According to one local I spoke to, the paths down to the beach have been let go for the last 5 years or so because the state of California is bankrupt. They were quite dangerous and she said she often just sits and sort of crawls down. I asked about people possibly suing and she said that stupidity seems to have disappeared recently and it is expected that people do things at their own risk.
Irene asked another local where we could buy good fish and chips - it seemed the right sort of day for it - so we back tracked to Bodega Bay and found a great little place that was really busy. It was run by some Hawaiians and we think it was a surfie hang out as they had a surf movie and Layne Beachley (top Aussie female surfer for those that don't know) doing a voice over. The food was really nice and we were glad we turned back. We then thought we had better check out Bohemian Way which is a 10m road supposed to be great for cyclists. I would not like to cycle on it - it is very narrow and dark through the stands of redwood and people drive quite fast