On Friday, we headed out with our friends Pete and Jaynese Davis from their home in Lafayette to Point Reyes. First we stopped at a couple of shops in the village of Point Reyes, CowGirl Creamery and Bovine Bakery. CowGirl Creamery makes a number of wonderful cheeses – and we picked up some triple cream called Red Hawk and some goat milk Gouda – both of which are taste pleasers! If we were not heading to Sonoma, and of course a visit to Vella Cheese, we would have picked up some more. Bovine Bakery was a treat with a variety of baked goods we had to sample.
From there we went on to Point Reyes Vineyards.
Family owned and operated it produces about 1,000 cases of wine a year – some from the vineyards planted in the early ‘90’s of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, others from fruit purchased close by. We tasted the current releases of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah plus a sparkling wine. I would admit not to my liking but a pleasant spot to visit in the area.
After tasting these wines, we headed west to the Point Reyes National Seashore and more particularly, the lighthouse. Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent. Weeks of fog, especially during the summer months, frequently reduce visibility to hundreds of feet. The Point Reyes Headlands, which jut 10 miles out to sea, pose a threat to each ship entering or leaving San Francisco Bay. The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse warned mariners of danger for more than a hundred years.
It was a bit windy so we didn’t walk down the 300 steps to the lighthouse but had a very enjoyable visit and view anyway.
Tuesday afternoon was too beautiful to stay inside, so sister Georgia and Janeen visited Peace and Harmony Hakone Park in Saratoga. Summer vistas in this traditional Japanese garden are a study in greens and reflections off the water.
Late blooming sun azaleas mirrored Janeen’s touring tunic and hinted at the colors of the old koi beneath the bridge.
Bamboo forest and camellia tea gardens surround the soothing sounds of the waterfall tumbling into the lily pond, which is crossed by a moon bridge.
Once a private retreat, constructed in the early twentieth century, it was maintained and added to during the 1940’s despite California’s political fears of the Japanese culture. The city of Saratoga has preserved the original design as a city park, and added a cultural venue building, which showcases the garden’s history.
Later that evening, we all went out for Mexican food in a lovely spot in in Los Altos, Estrellita Mexican Bistro & Cantina. It doesn’t look like much but the menu was broad and the drinks cold. This was a lovely spot and we all had plenty to eat. The pitcher of Margaritas was particularly good.
On Wednesday, we connect with a very old friend, Myrt – who we last saw in 1982 in Bethlehem PA! It was fantastic to reconnect with her and catch up all the things that have happened in the last 35 years or so.
With nothing better to do, Janeen, Georgia and Liz finished a 1000 piece puzzle of potato chip bags this evening.
Well, we finally made it out of town! After packing the car and finding a place for everything we got in and drove away. Our first stop was in Los Olivos for lunch. We stopped at a lovely spot, Panino for lunch and had great salads.
From Los Olivos, we continues north to Morro Bay to stay with our friend Claudia at the Marina Street B&B.
When we arrived, Clauda immediately opened some wine – always a good thing – and we began to relax.
The next several days will be here in Morro Bay relaxing and enjoying our time away.
Yes, we have vacated our home and are staying friends for a few days. This lets the painters get in there and do their magic to the inside of the house for potential renters. Janeen has a couple more doctor’s appointments (Friday and Tuesday AM and once she is ‘cleared’ we are OUT OF HERE!
Yes, in about a week – seven days – we head out. So, over the last several months we have: held a giant garage sale; unloaded lots of stuff to various charities; stored a bunch of stuff in various places; moved a LOT of wine from our on-site storage to off-site storage for duration; been to various doctors to get check ups (including a total Knee replacement for David); had the exterior of the house painted; termite work done; and general done everything except leave. Over the next two days we complete vacating the house so painters can come in and paint the interior of the place and next week our property manager will start showing it for rental. For a few days we will be staying with our friends the Bells so we can do final packing of the car and check on the painters.
So stay tuned as we head out for our Gap Year Adventure.