Thursday, 25 April 2013
Merced and on north to Sonoma wine country
On the way back from Kings Canyon, we stopped off at Merced for two nights, before driving north to Sonoma. It's a great place to visit the parks from, being much less expensive than staying nearer, and with great food. Went to Applebee's for good, inexpensive food, and sat at the bar, as it's a great place to hear the craich, and chat to the locals, who are always very friendly and chatty. Found a great place for a cheap lunch, a Mexican supermarket, a block away, which served an amazing chicken soup, quesadilla and bottled water for $13. Weather has been really hot and sunny, not seen a cloud for several days, and 29deg C. Guys at the bar said that it would normally be more showery and unsettled at this time, so unusually hot. Snow and heavy rain in the Mid West and 90'F in Fresno, near Merced!
That evening the temperature dropped dramatically. We explored Old Windsor, and found a great Himalayan restaurant and then walked briskly back, shivering. It's weird the weather the temperature changes around here, particularly as you get closer to the coast.