Bodega Head

Bodega Head

Bodega Head, the only part of Sonoma Coast State Park located on the Pacific plate, was created by the uplift from pressure caused by the grinding of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates along the San Andreas fault. This fault moved the Sur Series and diorite of Bodega Head at least 345 miles from the south to its present location over the last 29 million years and created a natural harbor. The native Miwok fisherman trapped salmon. Russian colonists from the 18o0s to the 1840s hunted otter, sea lions, and seals. Modern day fishermen harvest albacore, Chinook salmon, halibut, rockfish, Dungeness crab, sole, and urchin. We stayed in the Pelican 1 room that is part of the Bodega Harbor Inn. We watched a heron hunt for breakfast. Later, humans waded in the mud looking for clams. We hiked the Bodega Head Trail surrounded by wildflowers. After encountering one deer, we discovered another doe and her fawn. A snail joined us on this scenic trail and American goldfinch kept us company. If you visit Bodega Bay at the right time of the year, you may see migrating gray whales.

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