R is for Ride the Back Roads

Welcome back to the A-Z Blog Hop Challenge, Letters of Gratitude. Today is the letter R for Ride the Back Roads.

We took a drive today in West Sonoma and Marin Counties. If you don't know where that is, it's 60 miles north of San Francisco, and west of Petaluma, at the coast. We traveled from Sonoma County South, into Marin County, through green cattle-grazed hills in bright sunshine. No fog, and very little wind. We have a client moving here from out of state, who is considering purchasing some acreage out there, and today was the perfect day to go check it out and send him photos.

We've had so much rain, the hills are still green. After viewing the property, we headed to south to Nick's Cove for some oysters and some chowder. We ran into a local Motorcycle Club, Iron Souls, from Oakland, California. I think there must have been about 50 beautiful Harleys there.

Overlooking the inlet, we had warm cauliflower salad, cioppino and BBQ oysters. The place was packed. Afterwards, we walked out to the Boat House. People were playing Monopoly,  cards and READING!

I think I've found a great place to hole up when the fall storms come along. At the Boat House they stoke up the fire and you can stay there well after sunset – perched over the water. Do you see the fog beginning to show itself over the trees?

We took a tour of a couple of the cabins. One is an actual boat converted to a one bedroom rental.

I'm grateful I get to live in such a beautiful spot in wine country, California. Many people come here for vacation, and I get to live here all the time. Just 30 minutes from my house, I can be on the water, overlooking clam and oyster beds Jack London used to steal from by moonlight around 100 years ago. It probably looked very similar then.

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Karysa Faire - April 22, 2012

I love that area of California. I went to school in Petaluma and still have fantasies of moving back to the area someday.

Sharon Hamilton - April 22, 2012

So glad you caught my post today. I hope all your dreams and fantasies come true, Karysa. If you do, let me know…we'll share a bowl of chowder and toast to the sunset.

Arlee Bird - April 22, 2012

Added my name to bring you a bit closer to the 100 followers. Maybe if you added a link to this blog when left comments it would bring more people. People are sometimes intimidated when they're led to a profile with several blogs listed.

Also I know a lot of people dislike word verification and will avoid comments on such sites. You might want to consider disabling yours.

Your back roads excursion sounds wonderful. Traveling back roads is one of my favorite things to do. My dream is to travel the country on back roads. Time-consuming yes, but it would be so much fun.

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    Sharon Hamilton - April 22, 2012

    You are a peach to show up today. Thanks, Lee. I've returned the favor.

Judy - April 22, 2012

What a lovely trip you enjoyed. Thanks for sharing it.

    Sharon Hamilton - April 22, 2012

    Thanks, Judy. Always nice to see you here. : )

D.G. Hudson - April 22, 2012

New follower here, nice to meet you. I liked the photos of California, and love the coast. I live further north in Canada.

Hoping to help with your follower count.

My blog (currently A Paris theme):

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Sharon Hamilton - April 22, 2012

Thanks for your comments. I've been following you. Thanks for the suggestions, although one I don't know how to do, so I'll email you separately. Any help I can get, I appreciate!

Raymond Alexander Kukkee - May 1, 2012

Sharon, what a beautiful part of the country you live in! I really enjoyed reading your post!


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