What a lovely way to waken up with little Lily cuddled up next to me! She has a cute way of putting her hand under yours! She lies there and babbles, attempting to answer your questions about where are her eyes, ears, nose etc. What was she going to do today? Was she going to play with her friend from the library group, called Yokari?
Packed and then we were off for a few nights in the vineyards of Sonoma, Russian River and Dry Creek, not far from the better known Napa area.
On to the Hampton Inn in Windsor, a great place from which to explore Sonoma, with a reasonably priced Applebee's next door.
The forecast for the following two days wasn't great. Hurricane Sandy was bashing the coast near New York, bringing two feet of snow to West Virginia. Chicago has certainly been a lot colder since we left, so we were very lucky. It was going to rain heavily this afternoon. So exploration by car today. First up to Russian River. Wooden shacks hidden deep in the huge redwood trees, quiet roads, thick mist over high hills, it had a very different feel to it. Apparently in this part of Sonoma, it's usually misty in the morning, and this burns off by lunchtime. Perfect for growing. Today the mist would develop into heavy rain. Russian River is very scenic and atmospheric, littered with historic villages from the 1850s. Bohemian and quirky.
We called into Bodega Bay for clam chowder, and watched a pelican coming in to land on the jetty, and a seal poke his head out of the water to see if any easy food was in the offing from a nearby fishing boat.
|Dry Creek Valley|
Back to Windsor, via Healdsburg, another very chic, pretty town with a square, like Sonoma, with a Mediterranean feel. Pretty individual, expensive shops for the well-heeled from San Fran, visiting the wine area.
San Francisco Giants have just won the World Series Baseball, so "Go Giants"!