The Gables Wine Country Inn
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... as possible. No they are not on the African Savannah, but the next best thing, I think. All along the way, our guide kept up a lively description of the animals, where they had come from, how they got to Safari West, their habits, and so forth.
After our tour ended, we next went on a walking exploration of more of the wildlife. We saw a cheetah in a large enclosed pen, a Serval Cat (which has a face a lot like a house cat and fur that looks like a cheetah ...
... board the bus hungry & dry as a chip. SF airport seems like a city all by itself complete with its own multilayered motorways, 2 or 3 stops within the airport complex itself picking up passengers, then we were off. Clear sunny day so a great day to travel, SF huge & one city seemed to run into another, went via Marin city & San Rafael (I think) seemed to be lots of "San somethings". To my delight we go across the Golden Gate Bridge! See photo. Strangely I ...
... to explore the town and have a nice lunch. Ever since I saw Sonoma on The Bachelor when Ben was on it, as it was his home town I thought it looked so nice and it was! Sonoma is bigger than Healdsburg but has the same town square in it so they look similar. I walked around and looked at all the shops and also saw a heap of small wineries in town, including Ben's so it was the perfect first town to visit in wine country.
After that, I drove to ...
... winery that houses an awesome olive store... oils, soaps, olive wood hand grafted goods, tapenades, marinades, sooooooo much yummy stuff. No wine tasting for us here - I was too pre-occupied with the sampling of olive oils, balsamic blends and divine grilling sauces... yeah...
Next stop was just up the road... plenty of photos of these amazing buildings. Felt like stepping into wineries in Italy - at least I ...
... next door and we happily gathered around the warmth of a small wood stove as he turned a bowl and several other items on his lathe.
The redwood bowls and other pieces were beautiful. I had to resist the urge to bring something home. But as Lars keeps reminding me..."We're downsizing"!
All too soon we were on our way back to Santa Rosa and our dinner gathering.
It was a lovely busy day.