Day Trip Along Pacific Coast Highway - 1st Stop Goat Rock Beach

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Looking back at Goat Rock

After a few days of rain, Sunday was such a beautiful day and a perfect time to take a drive and explore Northern California's coastline since I had seen much of it yet.  Decided to drive from Sacramento up through wine country to check out Bodega Bay, Pt Reyes and Tomales Bay, try some fresh oysters from this region, come down through San Francisco, and leisurely make out way home in the afternoon.   Our first stop was Goat Rock Beach which is part of the Sonoma Coast State Park. 

Goat Rock is near the mouth of the Russian River and apparently has a colony of harbor seals but they must have sought shelter elsewhere as it ended up being freezing and some of the worst winds I've ever seen.  It was absolutely breathtaking though and would be a great place for a picnic if there wasn't a front coming in with 50 mph gusts!

Sadly, Goat Rock is subject to continuing erosion and approximately 1-3 feet of land mass is lost each year.  Goat Rock is the main large rock which then separates the two sandy beaches.  To the south of Goat Rock is a beautiful arched rock, reminiscent of the famed arch in Cabos San Lucas.

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Looking back at Goat Rock
Looking back at Goat Rock
Arched Rock
Arched Rock
Arched Rock
Arched Rock
My new friend
My new friend
It was FREEZING......just hurry an…
It was FREEZING......just hurry a…
Part of Goat Rock from parking lot
Part of Goat Rock from parking lot
Rock on the beach at Goat Rock
Rock on the beach at Goat Rock
Goat Rock
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