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... through wine Country: Sonoma! Having established that Napa valley was likely to be a tourist trap on weekends we decided to drive through the area to Healdsburg, to the north - and go to a BREWERY!!!
The Bear Republic Brewing Company and Brewpub was a popular choice! We saw why after stuffing ourselves with their delicious fare (their black and blue burger gets my vote for best meal for the whole trip!) Hot tip ...
... through rural California again back to the town of Point Reyes. Driving north on Highway 1 again, this time with the inlet to our left, we sit back and enjoy the Californian coastline. We want to get as far north as possible today, but we cannot resist making the occasional stop to grab some photos! We make some bathroom breaks along the way – at one point taking William into a small supermarket, where they really smile at ...
... between them and sea lions. After the
talk we all walked over to the area where the seal pups were. This is
the end of the "pupping" season so they were not as small as we had
hoped. It was still a very interesting presentation.
we headed to the kite festival that had been advertised. It must be in
its infancy because there were not many spectacular kites but a large
number of home-made kites but it did ...
Our last day in San Francisco was spent getting ready for the ride the next day and hiding inside our hotel room from the cold and rain. Des did go out on the bike for a short while, to get some supplies in Sausalito, and came back chilled to the marrow by the bracing wind.
On a grey and windy morning we set off on our onward journey north through California. It's a bit odd, but ...
... stunning.... I've never felt or seen anything like it. First various 'elders' spoke. Many were Native Americans and huge characters full of humour, gravitas and love. They were on a podium with everyone surrounding them and they spoke for some time about our responsibility to our mother earth, each other and ourselves in an incredibly moving way that had most in tears. Then silence was followed by the prayer and then chanting of Ma (the sound for Mother in many languages). As ...