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I forgot to mention, that it was a holiday here. Labour Day weekend. Didn't realise when I booked, so very fortunate to get the room. Anyway, a big party was being planned for the Saturday night. It's called the "White Party" thought about making an outfit from the sheets and pillow cases on my bed, and possibly fashioning a cross from two redwoods that I could burn on my patio, but apparently, it's not THAT sort of party! Probably for the best. I was told ...
Spent a week in Sheri's motor home, camping at Casini Ranch outside of Guerneville.
The weather was great, gave me a chance to reorganize my "stuff" in the car for the first of many times on the trip and to figure out how to set my tent up and several other things that I never had to know how to do.
Binky and Xena adjusted pretty well to their new home. Xena immediately assumed her duties of guard kitty.
Did a couple ...
... store is closed now. Some have moved to other towns, some just gone for good. My beloved Rio Theatre and Don’s Dogs have switched from “For Sale by Owner” to an actual agent. I suppose it is just another economic cycle and I hope someday it will swing back up. It means I may have to go a couple of miles further to get some goodies, but that isn’t really a big problem. No escaping change, eh?
Meanwhile, the neighborhood ...
... people were standing, with cameras and binoculars. They were whale watching. I guess some of those "rocks" were moving, after all.
So we spent much of the morning scanning the water for a hump or a spray of water to appear. It was wet and cold, and messy and beautiful. I managed to capture a brief glimpsed of a tail with my camera. When it seemed like the whales were not going to show themselves again, ...
... hard. And for $4.50, why get wet for 3 hours? Once in town, I then navigated my way along the waterfront, passing the AT&T baseball stadium, home of the Baseball World Champions; the SF Giants, then the cruise ship terminal at Pier 39, followed by the touristy fisherman wharf with hundreds of tourists already waiting in line to be ferried to the famous Alcatraz Prison.
After biking in ...