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Rambling West County Weekend

Western Sonoma County
May 21-22, 2005

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Call it a 28-hour picnic: we drove out through Bodega to meet up with Shawn & Bruce for a picnic at Doran Beach. But high winds made a BBQ impractical, so after enjoying some time in the chairs, we drove on back to their place, opened their patio and fire pit for the season, and settled in for BBQ chicken and beers. Chris came by with his guitar and played a little flamenco for us -- one of my favorite treats. We crashed in their guest cabin. Ellie and I took an early spa at 6:30am, after which I ran down to the Union Hotel for some pastries and tarts. After 18 hours or so, we figured we were close to wearing out our welcome, so we waved goodbye and motored east.

Maybe we should have come home, but lunch at Willow Wood in Graton sounded appealing so we stopped and dined there. After, a shopping spree at Harmony Farms suited us up with starts of expensive organic veggie plants. And then -- still unable to cross 101 -- we headed out Gravenstein to the cottage, to make sure the boats were safe and to enjoy an evening on the porch.

Eventually, we had to come home and feed the cat.