The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. The fire began on November 8, 2018—the day we arrived.

Muir Woods. November 8, 2018
North of Muir Woods on California State Route 1. November 8, 2018
Bodega Head, Bodega Bay. November 9, 2018

We parked the car near a marked trail and traced a few narrow paths across Bodega Head searching for a view. In the distance the bay and horizon were one, grounded only by the sea stacks. Closer now to the the ocean the air moved more freely, the briny smells of beach below stifled by the static haze. We retraced our steps and continued south until we reached a marker for Shell Beach. Crooked wooden steps descended down the bluff.

Shell Beach, Bodega Bay. November 9, 2018