I saw time to time pictures of this part of the coast. But I never had any particular place in my mind. I remembered Jenner and Russian River of course. But nothing concrete though. I even have few photos from the road trip along the coast from Summer 2014. But I cannot say where they were taken. So how we ended up in Jenner, some will ask.
I should say it was just a case when I planned the major part of the trip – the visit of Sonoma Hot Air Balloons event – when suddenly realized that the best way to end up the day is to lay on the sandy beach and met sunset in some beautiful place. Taking into account that both of us would be sleepy and maybe tired because of early waking up, I scrolled through Google maps to the nearest point on the shore from Windsor. And then without any doubt booked the stay at Jenner Inn.
My bad, I didn’t do any research before the date. So on Saturday morning we sit at Windsor Starbucks, sipped our Americano and searched for the ideal beach to spend 3-4 hours.
Salt Point State Park
40 mins later we walked down the secluded Stump Beach Cove beach.What I didn’t expect that even tired and sleepy I would not be able to simply lay under the sun and do nothing (even read the book). After 40 minutes of struggling near already sleeping Eugene, I decided to do some hiking, crossed the creek and followed the trail along the shore.
I’m always happy to find new arch 🙂
So I came back, wake up Eugene and we drove heading back to Jenner.
Fort Ross State Historic Park
We have some time before the check in, so decided to stop at Fort Ross Day Use area. It felt like we were the first persons who stopped there for a long time. The trail to the cove was unmaintained and the final section collapsed making harder to get down to the beach. But the views were perfect.
Goat Beach Sunset
What did I say earlier about the great finish of the day? Right – meet the sunset.
Jenner has amazing scenery of the coastline. First, it’s a Russian river, second is the most beautiful part of the Sonoma Coast State Park peninsula alike with sea stacks and the natural arch. Is there more beautiful sunset spot?
Sonoma State Beach
Next morning we drove back to the Bay area along the Sonoma Coast State Park. 17 miles of gorgeous beaches have a lot of places to stop by.