This week, Andy and I borrowed my parents’ RV and went to Bodega Dunes Campground for a couple days of peace and relaxation. It was relatively quiet. The campground, which is part of Sonoma Coast State Park, shuts down the lower loop for the winter. We arrived just after a rain storm had broken up, and enjoyed two days of blue skies, a light breeze, and highs in the 60s. It was cool at night, probably too cool for tent camping unless you’ve got a good winter kit. Due to the nature of the trees in the campground, it’s not a good spot for hammock campers. However, all of these factors pointed toward a cozy time in an RV.
We took a few serene walks through the closed portion of the campground, drank lots of coffee in the mornings and wine in the evenings, and took advantage of the chance to do lots of reading. The great thing about a retreat is having some time to be free from stress, bills, email, and people (what can I say – I’m an introvert). It’s a time to catch your breath and think about what brings you joy and health. Daily life can be so noisy, so emotionally strenuous, and so busy, that it starts to drown out what Howard Thurman called the sound of the genuine. Taking a chance to discover and listen to that sound is vital. You might be surprised at what you hear.
Sites 63, 65, and 67 had views of the bay, but at the expense of being next to a somewhat busy road. Sites 69-82 back up to a residential neighborhood. Sites 38 and 41 are right next to a good trail head–hike up a dune, and it’s a 15 minute walk to the beach. Sites 86 and 88 are the best sites to snag for privacy and scenery. We camped in site 51 (part of the upper loop that’s open in winter), and had 2/5 bars LTE reception on our phones (AT&T) so it was enough to stream online media like Spotify, YouTube, or Netflix. The campground itself isn’t a great place for dogs because of how close together all the sites are, and dogs aren’t allowed on the trails or beaches. We still saw paw prints in the sand, but I would rate this area a D- for dog friendly camping.