Category: California, 2008

House-and-cat-sitting in Tomales, CA

Birthday by the Bay

That is, Carol’s birthday and Tomales Bay. Since we are now in the habit of trying to be in parts foreign over September, we are also in the habit of celebrating Carol’s birthday away from home. Usually, the venue has

Back to Tomales

After a most enjoyable stay at the Simpson Hotel on 48th Avenue (the concierge route planning and breakfast service is particularly good), it was time to take a leisurely return trip to Tomales in preparation for Bets and Bryan’s Friday

Monterey Bay

The San Francisco fog zone appeared to be living up to its name this morning so tour guide Gordon plotted us a course south to Monterey. He included an optional wimp-out point at Santa Cruz, though this he described as

Ten Years On

It’s 10 years since we were in this neck of the woods and, Gordon reported, some redevelopment has been done to the Ferry Building on the bay at the very end of Market Street. We jumped on a local bus

Off to San Francisco

We planned to leave Bets and Bryan in peace to catch up on their backlogs of work that inevitably built up during their first trip away from home. We were off to call in on our friends Gordon and Kim

Armstrong State Reserve

Bryan and Bets returned from trip #1 to Glacier Park quite early in the morning. Naturally, the remaining morning was passed while we chatted about their trip and our experiences “home alone” over several cups of coffee. Meanwhile, the localized

Healdsburg and Graton

Bets and Bryan are returning tomorrow in the morning so today we were pick up a rental car for the week that they are in town between vacations. That will keep us independent. In other words, we’ll remain free to


Tomales was sitting under its now familiar blanket of fog as we headed down Shoreline Highway once again towards Point Reyes Station. The plan this time, however, was to swing left towards the small town (hamlet?) of Nicasio to meet

Bear Valley

Another grey but dry morning greeted us in Tomales but this time those conditions seemed to persist. The cooler conditions seemed ideal for walking, though; it was time to make use of the walking map and guide book that we

Point Reyes Station

The early morning overcast was clearing up very nicely as we headed back down by the side of Tomales Bay (also known as the San Andreas fault) intent on investigating Point Reyes Station. Keeping a careful eye on the rear


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