Rollin' Rollin' down highway 101

Trip Start Nov 11, 2004
Trip End Dec 02, 2004

Flag of United States  , California
Thursday, November 18, 2004

Today I was about 7 hours on the road. I spent as much time as I could (which was not enough) exploring a bit of history and geology. I knew there was a Russian influence down the west Coast for a time but now have a better picture of it after visiting Fort Ross.

My trip took me to:
- Point Arena (a small natural inland harbour with a narrow peninsula (and lighthouse) jutting into the ocean.  The San Andreas Fault runs into the ocean there and the 1906 earthquake was felt strongly there. 
 - St. Orres, Gulala, An old Russian-built Orthodox church that has been converted to a bed-and-breakfast and five-star restaurant 
 - Fort Ross, a former Russian establishment on the west coast of North America in what is now Sonoma County, California, in the United States. It was the hub of the southernmost Russian settlements in North America in between 1812 to 1842 
 - Waves and waves and waves.  
 - Bodega Bay, a shallow, rocky inlet of the Pacific Ocean on the coast of northern California. It is approximately 5 mi (8 km) across and is located approximately 32 mi northwest  of Point Reyas - 40 mi (60 km) northwest of San Francisco 

 - Point Reyes, a prominent cape on the Pacific coast of northern California. It is located in Marin County approximately 30 miles (50 km) WNW of San Francisco.  Geologically speaking, Point Reyes is very close to the San Andreas Fault (forms the tectonic boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate) responsible for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. At one time, the epicenter of the quake was thought to be nearby, in Olema.  

 -    I took a faultline walking tour can be taken from the Point Reyes National Seashore's Visitor Center.  I have to say it felt a bit odd to be so close to a place so greatly shifted by the forces of nature.  I almost expected to be shaken up during my trip there though this deer (right outside the park offices) didn't..   

- The fault goes underwater through a linear trough of Tomales Bay which separates the Point Reyes Peninsula from the mainland, runs just east of the Bodega Heads through Bodega Bay and back underwater, returning onshore at Fort Ross. From Fort Ross the northern segment continues overland, forming in part a linear valley through which the Gualala River flows. It goes back offshore at Point Arena so I was following the San Andreas Fault pretty much the whole day. 
 - Would love to have spent more time at Point Reyes - days in fact <g>. Was able to get in some birding along the way which fed my ornithologically inclined soul (is there such a thing).

Managed to get over the Golden Gate Bridge (great orange grand-daddy to Vancouver's Lions Gate) through San Francisco at rush hour after a relaxing late afternoon at Stinson Beach (a place I'll go back to).

Stayed again at a Super 8 in Redwood City which it seemed to have taken me hours through late rush hour in San Francisco to get to – "are we t-h-e-r-e yet?". 
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