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The List: three places to people-watch

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 | Posted by

The West County has so much rural space that people tend to spread out, but there are some places where disparate groups gather and people-watching  opportunities abound. Here’s three to think about.

1. The supreme spot is the downtown plaza in Sebastopol during the Sunday Farmers Market. Mellow farmers selling vegetables and flowers, activists handing out fliers, kids and dogs interacting and someone demonstrating  yoga positions – it’s all unfolding on a sunny Sunday and it is so essentially West County.

2. The bench outside the Northern Lights Surf Shop in downtown Bodega. It’s often occupied with amused people-watchers. People clutching cups of java from Colleen’s Coffee Shop, contented folks strolling out of the Casino their bellies full of breakfast, tourists hitting the local shops, maybe a spinner at work outside the Artisan’s Coop, tourists laughing and posing with the Alfred Hitchcock bird bedecked manikin outside the Bodega Country Store, one of the locals riding by on a horse followed by dogs – the free show goes on all day.

3. Bodega Head during the whale season. Excited crowds gather on the head on weekends. Some stand  alert, others bring chairs, picnics and settle in for the day. Adventurous families lead the kids down to the cove below, hikers prowl the trails, but everyone keeps an eye out on the sea looking for the telltale spouts. The entire crowd unifies when someone yells “Whale!” Action stops and fingers point until a whale breaks the surface of the sea. Then cheers break out and some even jump up and down. It’s very cheerful people-watching out there.

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Andrea Granahan is our West County correspondent.
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