Saturday, October 18, 2008

Touring the Sonoma County Coastline, California

Continuing our quest to see as much of the California coast as we can, today we explored the coastline from the towns of Stewarts Point to Bodega Bay. Just south of Cloverdale we took the Stewarts Point/Skaggs Springs road to Stewarts Point. This is a very small (in many place one lane) county road that winds through the Sonoma hills offering terrific views of Lake Sonoma and surrounding hills. The closer you get to the coast, the terrain changes from hills of live oaks and golden grassy fields to dense forests of firs and ferns. It was interesting to see the dramatic changes in such a relatively short distance. Once we reached Stewarts Point (about 2 hours after we first set-out), we headed south on Hwy 1.

Our first stop today was at the Fort Ross Historic Site (cost $7 per vehicle). This is the site of a Russian fur trading settlement from the early to mid 1800s. On the site is the restored fort and several buildings that you can explore. Just our luck, today there was a Harvest festival which included many people dressed in historic Russian clothing making apple cider from a hand press and baking bread in a wood oven. Seeing these people in their authentic clothing and hearing them speak Russian really added to the experience. (Continued below... we had lots of pictures to share today!))

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