Highway 12 runs from San Andreas in the foothills ( in my neck of the woods), through Fairfield, the lower part of Napa Valley, Sonoma and Santa Rosa, and joins highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway, somewhere near the town of Bodega. If you travel along this road you will see some of the most beautiful areas of Northern California and its many different kinds of terrain.
Rio Vista is where a lost whale named Humphrey, swam to in 1985. It's a heart warming story that you might like to read about HERE.
This is the side of a building in the downtown area. Interesting painting... but I was too close as we drove by.
This was the initial reason for our road trip. This is a house that was for sale and "C" wanted to take a look at it.
This time we stayed on the west side of the river and drove up to the end of the road and the Ryer Island Ferry.
We were the first car to arrive at the terminal and we had to wait for about 15 minutes. It was very hot.
The Real McCoy II arrived.
These islands would be a very isolated place to live. Not many people out here and kids have to take a bus to school everyday with a crazy bus driver. But... it would be quiet and peaceful... and I'll bet the fishing is fantastic.
We went around the island and found another ferry. The school bus was nowhere to be seen. And now we know that FED EX goes everywhere.
It was cooler on the water. I don't think that I would ever be too hot living out here. All one has to do is jump in.
Steamboat Slough to the other side. It was a smaller ferry, but we could see the river better and it felt more like being on a boat.
We stopped at the Grand Island Mansion where our son and daughter-in-law got married... July 28, 2001. Was it really 11 years ago? Oh my, how time goes by.
This is the most beautiful place for a wedding there every was.
This gazebo is where they got married... in this garden, with our family and friends all sharing the day with them. Where a butterfly, as if on cue, flew over everyone and stayed through the ceremony.
It was a beautiful day that we will never forget.
A perfect wedding day.
It was good to see this lovely place again. It brought back wonderful memories.
"C" and I crossed the river one more time. We saw the school bus ahead of us on Grand Island Rd. We followed her for a while stopping at each farm while she let children off. We kept our distance. Didn't want to get too close to the bus driving diva on those levy roads. Then we took a sharp turn, drove over the river and headed back to Sacramento on the River road.
We saw a sign and knew we were headed in the right direction.
It was a fine day. A little too warm, but when we got home we collapsed into "C"s lovely, air conditioned apartment and as for Max?...
He went from this...
And he took a nice long nap before dinner.
Sometimes you just need to find a special place. A place that speaks your language and makes you happy.
Sometimes you have to listen to that inner voice. The one that says, "Go for it".
"To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying "Amen" to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to keep your soul alive." ~Robert Louis Stevenson~