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Another Short Walk and Long Lunch

Time to go to the ocean again. We thought we could take a short walk at Salmon Creek – but the signs told us “no dogs” on beach.

Back in the car down Hwy 1. Now, we had a good sign – the Bodega Bay Farmers Market was open. We even had our empty jam jar from last year’s market. We drove over lumpy ground and made our way behind the Community Center. We bought new jam, from another vendor, though she took the jar for deposit. I missed out on the last of the Caprese (cheese). We bought 2 individual pizzas and a peanut butter cookie from Raymond’s Bakery.

Bodega Bay Farmers Market Jam

Before we left, we visited the Bell Memorial to Nicholas Green. Nicholas, at age 7, was shot in Italy in by highway robbers. After his parents donated his organs, the people of Italy donated 140 bells in thanks for that gift of life. Please stop and offer your thoughts and wishes for all children.

Nicholas Green Bell Memoiral

We knew dogs were welcome at Doran Beach Regional Park, so we continued on the road and stopped at an area with benches near the road.

Doran Beach at Bodega Bay

We broke pizza bread; watched people; tried to see across the bay to Tomales Point. What a spot for lunch.

When we bit into the peanut butter cookie, we looked at each other, checked the time. Dang, the market was closed, we couldn’t go back and get another cookie.

Colors of Doran Beach

What a fine place for lunch! Practically perfect.

Words by Lynn Millar

Photos by Mike Millar

Tomatoes at Bodega Bay Farm

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8 comments on “Another Short Walk and Long Lunch

  1. marlene alves
    September 26, 2012

    Ah, a most enjoyable “beach walk” without leaving my chair…thank you, Lynn & Mike!

    • badwalker
      September 26, 2012

      Glad you could come along. And the drive is so short this way.

  2. Donna Champion
    September 26, 2012

    You can also take dogs to Goat Rock Beach–the one on the left as you drive down to parking. It’s not a long beach, but the dogs get to socialize and get wet.

    • badwalker
      September 26, 2012

      We came over Coleman Valley and headed south. I find Goat Rock a bit of a slog with the soft sand. Cole is still learning to play nice.

  3. montucky
    September 26, 2012

    Pretty spot! Sometimes those short walks and long lunches turn out very well!

    • badwalker
      September 26, 2012

      As a kid, I always loved camping because we ate outside. It was sooo different. Now these lunches with the intent to walk are great.

  4. The Local Traveler
    September 27, 2012

    I can imagine those bells are quite the sight in person.

    • badwalker
      September 27, 2012

      Yes, they are. 140 total. A larger one hangs near the entrance to the community center. Thee is also a small monument and sculptural monument of Nicholas.

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Lynn Millar

I am a writer of short stories, poems, plays and two someday-they’ll-be novels.

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