I left Point Reyes at noon and took Hwy 1 North through Bodega Bay and the Sonoma Coast, making brief stops along the way to take pictures and take in the view. The wind is surprisingly strong. Again, this is somewhere I’ve been before on day trips (but this is as far as I’ve gone). If I hadn’t already been here and hadn’t already hiked this morning I would have taken the opportunity.
Somehow despite driving for 3 hours, I didn’t get far. I’m sure it’s because I stopped often and took my time, which is what this whole trip should be like. So around 2:00 I passed a beach campground that was full. I continued on with a nagging fear that all the campgrounds would be full and I’d be screwed. So, at 3:00 I was at Russian River and saw signs for camping so I turned off and found a campground. It was a large family campground with river access, and despite the screaming (literally) children and nearby gun range (or at least one person firing a gun for a couple hours - seriously) I’m pleased with the nice shaded spot I found.
I took a quick swim in the river. Despite being kinda freaked out by the thick shrubbery of slime at the bottom (hey, at least I could see the bottom), I waded out to my waist and then drifted around on my back for awhile. It’s nice when the water plugs your ears and everything’s silent and you just stare up at the wispy clouds in the sky.
I see now, there are still camping spots available and it’s nearing 8:00. I resolve to drive longer tomorrow before getting a campsite. Friday and Saturday I may have to check-in as early as today, but in a way it’s very nice to stop early and set up camp. It’s given me an opportunity to catch up on this journal and feel more settled.