Bodega Bay, California
Yep, we meet up with more friends (same in a new spot) in the beautiful hamlet of Bodega Bay. We were hoping to travel more with them up the Pacific Coast, but our July 4th plans are too slow for their Canada plans. Instead, we make the best of a few days of perfect weather in a place we love, but is new for Jimmy and Maggie.
The sensor on our exterior steps has been acting wonky for a little while, but we're sure they're "in" when we pull out on Sunday morning.
At the toll booth we don't have enough cash so I drive through the pass-only lane, knowing they'll bill me through the mail with a penalty. Can't be helped. Unfortunately I also clip the side of the kiosk with "something" that I think is the mirror. It's not moving so we keep going, assuming there's an ugly scrape on the front side, but no real damage.
In Petaluma we exit the freeway and a driver next to us points down, telling us there's something wrong with our step. Oh no!! It must have come down and smacked the kiosk. I picture a mangled mess hanging off the side of the rig :-(
No place to pull over, we continue through the small town streets. Another motorist waves to our side, and we acknowledge with thanks. Up ahead is a place where we can pull over, buuuut, that same motorist has now pulled into that space to jump out and wave at us that there's something wrong. Nice, but definitely not helpful.
Eventually I find a parking lot to pull over. As Bill opens the door I'm prepared for a mess.
Nope. The steps are down, but no damage. And none on the mirror or anywhere else we can see. Bill adjusts the sensor and the steps come in without issue. What a relief! But, still a mystery as to what we hit.
Later, Maggie notes that the steps are tweaked a little, and we speculate I must have just snagged the edge where they stick out a little and that pulled them all the way out as we continued. So lucky it wasn't worse.
We set up at Porto Bodega, right next to our pals! They've doubled their prices since we were here four years ago, and our fire pit is full of trash so I'm a bit disappointed - but we're on the bay and the location is wonderful.
A real treat, we have dinner made for us, and enjoy it outside on the picnic table. It's the beginning of many days of perfect weather.
Monday we make our way to the Pt Reyes Peninsula - a long time favorite of mine.
|This is dairy country.|
|And also a Tule Elk Reserve|
|Zoomie circles on North Beach|
|Lizzie, Jimmy, Maggie, Tessa|
|Tessa and Lizzie diggin' for treasure. They're clearly from the same tribe.|
|The school where the children ran from the crow attack.|
|We always have such a great time with Jimmy and Maggie.|
|All too soon, they're on their way!|
|Where the Russian River meets the ocean in Jenner, CA|
|Just the beginning of a colorful trip up the coast.|