I’m not very far from the horrific firestorm in Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa. It’s hard to believe because we were having lunch in Sausalito at Le Garage on Saturday. The bay was so very serene and calm. Fleet Week was happening in The San Francisco Bay, the jets were flying in beautiful formations overhead, and many boats were leaving their docks to sail out in the still waters. We left there and went to Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma because we’d never been there before and we wanted to check it out. The day was so lovely that we continued on and took a short walk up to Buena Vista Winery to catch the shadows and the colorful changing leaves just before closing time. It was beautiful.
View From Le Garage
Buena Vista Closing Time
View From The Park
Smoke Settles In The Suisun Valley
Sunday came and the winds started to pick up. We were on our way up to Sacramento when we saw a plume of smoke on the other side of the hills. We had dinner outside at the Center For Land Based Learning fundraiser. The wind was from the north and strengthening. Monday we went for a walk and the air was thick with smoke, but not as thick as it is today. Last night a friend spent the night at our home, as there was a mandatory evacuation put in place in his neighborhood. He only lives eight miles away. The winds are calm now but are supposed to return, but from a different direction. This is very scary and I am so sad for all the people caught up in this rapidly moving, wind-swept firestorm. Please pray for these people, their counties, and some containment before the next winds pick-up.
Yesterday I headed for the shore. It was over 100 degrees in the valley and I couldn’t get the thought of how refreshing the coast might be, out of my mind. My sister-in-law was staying with us so I asked her if she had ever had lunch at The Cliff House in San Francisco. Her answer was, “I don’t think so.” and off we went.
View from Cliff House
Coastal Wild Flowers
Pelican Flight from Golden Gate
When we arrived it was foggy, the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge were not visible, and it was 60 degrees. We sat at a window seat, had a delightful lunch, and watched the fog move about the coast line and the Pacific Ocean. It was a beautiful sight. We lingered as long as we could and then took a, barely sunny, walk out to the Sutro Baths. They are long gone but the Cliff House readily reveals the history of the place which makes it easy to imagine just what it must have been like to visit here, many years ago. So, as this heat wave lingers, remember that people on the coast are living a charmed life in the summer fog. Maybe you should go and visit the ocean too.
Last weekend, before the storm moved onto the land, we went into the bay area for a little distraction. We had lunch at The Green’s on Fort Mason in San Francisco. If you’ve never been; the food is always delicious, the view spectacular, and it is a peaceful place.
Point Bonita Lighthouse
On the way back across the bay we decided to stop to see Point Bonita Lighthouse at The Marin Headlands. We had tried once before but the tunnel that leads to the lighthouse was closed. I had remembered it being open until 4:00. We got there and the sign read; closed at 3:30. We had fifteen minutes to reach the lighthouse and grab a couple of photos.
Watching the Waves
Off we went. I was so happy that it was all downhill getting there. It’s a magnificent place. We must return on another beautiful day. The five-minute tour is just not enough time to take it all in. We took our time walking back up the hill, we met the lighthouse docents, and the view was amazing.
On the way to our Halloween engagement, we passed by the same area that I wrote about in my last blog. This photo was taken from the other side of Hwy 37. There were hundreds of tiny birds all resting and flocked together. They looked like a little bird island in the water. I need to return to this spot too, as I think a sunset here would be stunning. I do so love California’s Waterways.