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“Wine to me is passion. It's family and friends. It's warmth
of heart and generosity of spirit. Wine is art. It's culture. It's the essence
of civilization and the art of living.”
This was the final day of our Road Scholar program. Where did the time go? It would be a bittersweet day---the end of hours on the bus, wonderful memories and farewells to new friends. Our breakfast in the Garden Room of the hotel was eggs benedict---delicious.
By 8 AM we were "on the road again." More winding highway as we made our way back to San Francisco. There was a rest stop in Willits after which we continued on U.S. 101, The Redwood Highway. This route took us through the heart of Sonoma County wine country. We passed acres and acres of vineyards, some owned by folks with famous names like Francis Ford Coppola. What a shame there was no time to stop and take a "tasting tour"!
A lunch stop at the Rohnert Park Olive Garden was delightful. We enjoyed the company of June, Ingrid and David, as well as the food. Here we DID get to taste the wine!
As we crossed the celebrated Golden Gate Bridge, we thought of the last summer we were in San Francisco and how we saw it constantly shrouded in fog. This time it was a beautiful clear day! Unfortunately the bus couldn't make a photo stop so John took some from the bus; sadly, not so great!
We arrived at SFO just after 2 PM where about half the participants left us to catch their flights home. After almost two weeks together it was hard to say good-bye. About an hour later we reached our hotel on the other side of the bay. We quickly decided we were too tired to try to make it back into the city. We had planned to take the hotel shuttle to the airport and from there catch BART into town. A ride on a cable car was on our wish list but, alas! Second trip to SF and it still wasn't going to get checked off!
Instead, we went walking by the bay where we could see the skyline, planes flying in and out, the Golden Gate Bridge and wind surfers. We passed by a fisherman also but John resisted the urge to chat! It was a VERY windy day!
While exploring we checked out a nearby restaurant on the bay and found it rather pricey so we ended up having dinner at the hotel. There we saw Lauren and Jeff, Dan and Judi, and Bill and Winnie, who like us, would be flying home the next day.
An early bed time helped to prepare us for an early morning and a long day tomorrow. A highly anticipated and wonderful trip was over but we were going home to our daughter, grandchildren and
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