2014 Great Circle Tour travel blog

One of our neighbors at River Bend

Dinner at Johnny Garlic's, Guy Fieri's home restaurant

Inside Johnny Garlic's

Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa - the flamingo and "HOTEL" rotate

Redwood Empire Ice Arena built by Charles Schultz

It's Snoopy's home ice

Lunar eclipse

On the way to work

Growing between the grape vines

Dinner at the Garden Grill in the redwoods

BBQ chicken at the Garden Grill

The lunar eclipse last night and early this morning is the first of four consecutive total lunar eclipses, known as a "tetrad," that will occur between April 2014 and September 2015. After an absolutely cloudless sky all day, some high thin clouds began to move in a couple of hours before moonrise. As the moon began to rise above the horizon it was enveloped in clouds, but as it got higher most of the clouds seemed to melt away until it reached near complete eclipse. I was able to get some decent pictures from the penumbral eclipse until it was about ¾ eclipsed. My plan was to continue taking pictures until the moon was uncovered at about 0130 or so, but at about total eclipse it got swallowed up by clouds. I waited for 15 or 20 minutes and there was no sign it was coming back. It was almost like somebody stole it. It was time to go to bed. I’m glad to see the moon is back tonight.

Before the eclipse we went into Santa Rosa for dinner at Guy Fieri’s Johnny Garlic’s restaurant. It was where he launched his cooking career in 1996. We got there before 5:00PM so it wasn’t crowded ans service was good. We had several of Guy’s signature dishes – Sashimi Won Tacos, Wild Mushroom Chicken, and Cedar Plank Salmon. All were good especially the Tacos. We splurged on dessert with Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Pudding and vanilla ice cream. We shared. The food was good, but I’m biased. Anne, I think the key to service is to go early and don’t have a large number of people.

After dinner we drove over to the Redwood Empire Ice Arena the home of the Snoopy Invitational Adult Hockey Tournament. It was built through donations from cartoonist Charles Schultz. Snoopy stands out front welcoming the hockey players and figure skaters who enter. It’s right across the street from the Charles Schultz Museum. We’re going to try to go back to the museum later this week.

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