Day Trip Along Pacific Coast Highway - 3rd Stop - Gleason Beach & Bodega Bay

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Beach and eroding houses

Our next stop was at Gleason State Beach and then the sleepy town of Bodega Bay which I have always wanted to see. 

Gleason Beach

Gleason State Beach has a number of houses on the cliff that are in obvious danger of slipping into the ocean.  The couple pictures show the erosion of the cliffs and the homeowners' attempts at preserving what land they have left.  Some homes have already slipped into the ocean and the attempts made by homeowners are continuing to fail.  The soil the homes have been built on is subject to the continued erosion of the Pacific plate as it pushes its way under the Continental plate.  The grinding motion makes the soil so fine, absorbing water, and making it too weak to support the foundation of a house.

 

Bodega Bay

There is speculation that Bodega Bay may have been Sir Francis Drake's landing location on the California coast.  Bodega Bay was discovered in 1775 by the Spanish explorer Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra after whom it was named.  Bodega was an active harbor for shipping lumbar until the 1870's when the North Pacific Coast Railroad was built.  One interesting note - Bodega Bay was the setting of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds. 

Unfortunately there was not a number of places to easily pull off but Bodega Bay is quite the sleepy little beach town that is probably bustling with activity during the warmer months.  Since we were visiting on the da of a front, it was still very windy and too chilly to really walk around the shops.  Bodega Bay is a popular tourist destination and has a variety of activities available such as fishing, kayaking, surfing, and I love that most of the beaches in this area are dog friendly! 

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Beach and eroding houses
Beach and eroding houses
Another view of the eroding coastl…
Another view of the eroding coast…
Bodega Bay is very shallow as evid…
Bodega Bay is very shallow as evi…
Looking back at Bodega Bay Marina
Looking back at Bodega Bay Marina
Sliding home in Gleason Beach
Sliding home in Gleason Beach
Bodega Bay
photo by: princessbride029