Huge metal cooking pot looks rusted, and was part of the Olampoli estate.

Olampoli State Park, Highway 101, California

Pictured is a very old cement stairway to nothing, it's probably burned in the past.
Old stairway to a burned out building.

 

Olampoli State park is located right near the county lines of Sonoma county and Marin county.  This beautiful state park is just off the Highway 101 and isn’t far from San Francisco, or the nearby city of Santa Rosa, almost in the middle of these two cities.  Rolling hills and wine country could describe the area that surrounds Olampoli State Park.

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful state park is so easy to miss off of highway 101 north of San Francisco south of Petaluma, CA. Believe it or not the rock band Grateful Dead lived here in 1966 and Janis Joplin has been known to have stayed here.

The grounds are amazing with beautiful old trees, gardens, an old fountain, and many historical signs explaining the history of the site. There are wild turkeys on the grounds also. If you prefer to just take a hike up the mountain you can do that too. There is also a huge Try Pot, which I included a picture about the history of this pot.

“The name “Olompali” comes from the Coast Miwok language and likely means “Southern village” or “Southern people”.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=22728


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pic of Bodega Bay rocks, and blue waters, blue green waters, and sea foam,

Bodega Bay, California

Another very picturesque place in California is Bodega Bay, north of San Francisco, on the Pacific Ocean. Here are a few pictures of coast in September.

Beautiful shot of rocks and Pacific ocean bright blue and sea green, in Bodega Bay, California.
Bodega Bay, northern California.

My parents love to go camping in Bodega Bay, California.  This is the place that they would often camp at, right on the beach in their 5th wheel trailer.

Doran Regional Park

In order to get reservations, you have to call in advance.

 

It is such a great location, that it is very popular, and is booked in advance.

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Sailboats along Tomales Bay, Chicken Ranch, Inverness

Chicken Ranch Beach, Inverness, Marin County

Beautiful sailboats on the water at Chicken Ranch, Inverness, northern California beach.
Chicken Ranch in Inverness, Marin County

Father’s Day was a beautiful day out in Inverness, on Tomales Bay in Marin County. The day was sunny, and gorgeous. This is a wonderful beach for children as it is flat, and shallow, and mostly just sand and sea shells. We took a trip across the bay also to buy some fresh Manila clams. They were absolutely delicous!

Chicken Ranch beach in Marin county california
Chicken Ranch Beach, in Marin County California
Inverness has some lovely beaches in northern California. chicken ranch beach is photographed here.
Chicken Ranch

This last picture is of an Osprey diving in the water for a fish. He dove down quite a few times but we never saw him come back up with a fish. After reading some I find out that they are known for being in the Tomales bay area.


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