stillhowlyn's travels 2009 travel blog

Celebrating Mary!

Tina, Mary, Kaye, Moi!

Oysters at the Marshall Store!

On Tomales Bay!

A stroll along the Bear Valley trail at Pt. Reyes!

Gelato at Powell's in Petaluma!

And dinner at Dempsey's!

Casual dining on the deck at Sam's in Tiburon!

Classic Wooden Boat Show!

Up close & open for inspection, but no drooling allowed!

Hosted by the ultra-exclusive Corinthian Yacht Club!

Arriving SF for Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building!

I know this man - Hi Louie!

A feast for the senses!

Flowers galore!

How about a tomato with a sprig of basil?

..With a touch of olive oil!

A truffle for dessert!

A good day on the Bay!

Friend Lynne guards the chickens!

Wendy can work a hula hoop!

Beana rocks the Jumpy thing!

Howard & Norm play horseshoes!

Noelle takes a break from bingo!

Or.....Short descriptive recaps of outings or events accompanied by photos. This precludes the need to try to fill up a separate entry on one topic and can be considered an easy way out! Thus it describes our last week or so here in Petaluma and takes us through the 4th of July holiday weekend. Tomorrow, the 6th, is D-Day meaning departure for the northwest and possibly beyond!

My dearest friend, Mary, has not been well so a small contingent of friends, Kaye, Tina and I, decided to meet in San Francisco where Mary had been staying with her daughter, Elle, and have a belated 70th birthday celebration in her honor. Elle has a beautiful apartment and graciously treated us to a delicious buffet luncheon and Tina brought her signature chocolate cake. Good friends reminiscing, laughing and eating chocolate is surely therapetic and Mary was in great spirits. She is now at home in Santa Rosa.

June 24th marked our 15th wedding anniversary. At the time we had just purchased our 1991 Dolphin 31' motorhome and did not have a tow car. We were camped at the Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park located in the Sierra Nevada foothills eight miles east of Jackson and were planning to drive the RV over the mountains on Highway 88 to Genoa, NV., meet up with our friends the McAnally's and Norm and his wife and be married at the historic Genoa Community Church. Only problem, the RV would not start and we had to borrow a car! A sign, a bad omen, obviously not!

We spent a full day doing some of our favorite things: oysters and fish tacos at the "world famous" Marshall Store, recently written up in Sunset Magazine!

Next a bit of a walk was in order at the Pt. Reyes National Seashore along the Bear Valley trail. By the time we got back to Petaluma the need for a gelato had us downtown in the newly refurbished theater district mall seeking out Powell's; delicious but Placencia, Belize still has the best! We capped off our day at Dempsey's, dining outside by the Petaluma River enjoying a beautiful evening.

Howard is a wooden sailboat junkie and we have traveled as far as Mystic, CT, to Port Townsend, WA and more recently to Tiburon, CA to view these classic beauties! The annual Master Mariners Wooden Boat Show is a fun family event in a beautiful location at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Approximately 60 traditional sailing vessels were on display with their proud owners on hand to share a bit of their history.

Our Bay Area stay would not be complete without a day at the Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. Tuesdays are best as not as crowded as weekends. And the best possible means of transportation is, of course, the Larkspur Ferry!

Last and absolutely the best was our 4th of July celebration held at our local home, the Petaluma Elk's Lodge. Norm, Wendy, Noelle and Christina joined us for a day of traditional fun, food and games. We started with oysters on the barbecue with hot dogs, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Next came rip-roaring games of bingo which went on in the lodge all day and much enjoyed by Noelle who played until she won! An early dinner included barbecued chicken, ribs, beans, potato and pasta salads, rolls and corn on the cob! Norm and Howard played horseshoes, Wendy aced the hula-hoop contest and Christina rocked the jumpy-jump. Good friends and good times were abundant!

Monday we are "on our way"!

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