Katie at Goat Rock

Today Katie and I took a trip around West County, first to the excellent Renga Arts in Occidental (cause she’d remembered it from an earlier post) and then out to Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific.

Katie in Jenner, where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean
Katie at the mouth of the Russian River

From that vantage the ocean was still quite a distance below us, so we swooped across the Russian River towards Goat Rock Beach, one of the Sonoma Coast State Beaches. At about this point we started pulling the car over whenever either of us spotted an excellent view. Which was about every 50 feet.

CA-1 Bridge over the Russian River
The small dots on the green grass are happy California cows
Looking north from Goat Rock Beack
Looking north up Goat Rock Beach

We took a short hike around a large hill on the way through Goat Rock. Katie made sure to capture this thoroughly contemplative shot of me in the distance.

Justin at Goat Rock Beach
The “album cover” shot
Arched rock at Goat Rock Beach
We saw an arched rock off the coast
Harbor seals chilling on the banks of the Russian River
We saw some non-waterfowl wildlife (harbor seals)
Crazy rusted machinery near Goat Rock State Beack
We saw a crazy piece of rusted machinery in the rocks
Katie balancing on a railroad track sticking out of a sand dune at Goat Rock Beach
And we spent a long time trying to balance on some surreal old railroad tracks suspended between two dunes

Note: These photos originally appeared in my photo galleries.


The “thoroughly contemplative shot” looks like it would be an awesome album cover. What’s your band name and what genre of music do you play?

I think it would make a great album cover, but for some sort of new age music I’d probably not want to listen to.

wee qi

nice pictures :D

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