Here’s a report on a quick trip out to the Estero Americano before the imminent three-day onslaught of rain begins.
I was curious to see if the heavy surf associated with recent storms might have closed the mouth of the Estero which would allow its waters to rise again. Sure enough, this appears to have happened.
Seeing the high water made me want to visit the coast to have a look at the big waves implied by the Estero’s high waters.
Big combers thundered on Doran Beach. Despite the fact that it was low tide when these photos were taken waves washed so far up the beach that they almost reached the dunes.
Even from the vantage point of standing on the dunes behind the beach the waves felt threatening. Out in Bodega Bay proper, huge Mavericks-like waves were rising and breaking in places I have never seen waves break before. Jackie Sones over at Natural History of Bodega Head reports the waves reached 26 feet at the buoys. Her blog reports on these waves, too.
After 30 minutes of mesmerizing wave-watching I retreated to the relative calm of the old sewage ponds adjacent to the Bodega Bay water treatment facility nestled between Highway 1 and Bodega Harbor.
I heard some quacking and walked around looking for the ducks. There they were, swimming in the bottom of this normally dry abandoned pond
With a Great Blue Heron in the bargain.