Escape the heat!
After a couple years of living in Sacramento, I still consider myself very much newbie. I'm easily identified as a "Southern Californian" when I insert my "the"s before freeway and interstate numbers.
Recently, I learned that people in the Sacramento Valley "evacuate" towards the coasts when it gets really hot. Makes sense.
So we followed the flow, opting to hold out for a weekday to escape to Bodega Bay to beat the valley heat, and the weekend crowds.
We got there in time for breakfast at a place recommended to me by a photographer I follow online. The Spud Point Crab Company has a sign proclaiming "Caution Our Clam Chowder Can Be Addictive". There's a scene in the movie "Elf" where Buddy the Elf walks by a coffeeshop with a sign saying "World's Best Coffee", and he goes inside to very excitedly congratulate them. I think about this scene anytime I see a place that boasts about their product. The Spud Point Crab Company's New England Clam Chowder? They're not lying; that was seriously one of the best clam chowders I have ever eaten.
We spent time exploring the small town, finding ourselves in some neat little neighborhoods. We also found many different trailheads, beach access for sunning and clamming, equestrian and bike trails, and more. The coastline was my favorite, not only to take in the much needed ocean views but the 60 degree and overcast weather. Much needed.
How can I leave a coastal area without indulging in more fresh fish? Fish and chips were my first choice but I would have easily settled for fish tacos. Luckily The Boat House, a recommendation from my wife's coworker, came through.
We'll definitely be back to Bodega Bay, and we'll definitely take advantage of the trails and the slow, cool, lifestyle.