The first stopover in the SF Bay Area, has come and gone and this blog is long overdue. (I am now visiting dear Kathy, ATRANSFORMATION, in Folsom, Sacramento area. Stay tuned for #11 on my Sacramento area sojourn with Kathy and Vivian, MISS_VIV.)
So here are a few photos and reflections on the magical SF Bay Area and environs, with some beloved friends. One unfortunate photos omission is a sail boat race that Diana enjoyed being a part of, invited by our friend, Ira. Kaveri and I watched the race on the SF Bay and the four of us had dinner together at the Golden Gate Yacht Club afterwards.
Diana and I loved the day at Land's End coastal trail, Ocean Beach, and The Cliff House:
Another dear friend, Tricia, swooped me up to visit one of San Francisco's fine museums, the Legion of Honor, to enjoy two impressionist exhibits and lunch in the museum cafe:
BTW, this is a Paul Gauguin self-portrait
Beloved Annie came by Jnani's place to take Diana and I on a day trip to Bolinas:
Annie and Diana
Diana the goof-off!
Annie took the scenic route to the Golden Gate through The Presidio
A canopy of eucalyptus lines the roadway
For 218 years the Presidio served as an Army base for three nations; it is now a National Park
Aerial view (from the internet)
On the way to Bolinas, a wonderful mural in Fairfax in what used to be Good Earth Market (it has moved to a larger space)
Ahhhh...first view of the Bolinas Lagoon
The Lagoon dumping into the Bay
LOVE this natural food store!
Bolinas Peoples Store mascot perhaps?
We did lots of hiking on the mesa
Diana and Annie on the trail
Yoga sister Kaveri joined me'n'Diana for lunch at Jnani's:
A profound thought, I'm sure
Next up, five days at a wonderful cabin with Diana and Dawn:
Crossing the "new" San Francisco Bay Bridge
Old and new bridge (from the internet)
Crossing Altamont Pass
On the way to the cabin Dawn checking out produce at a fruit stand in the San Joaquin Valley, known as the "food basket of the world."
Finally we arrive to the cabin in Arnold, 4000' elevation, NE California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains:
Somehow, "cabin" seemed like a rather humble description to me
Dawn brewing the morning coffee
An aside, speaking of coffee -- at the Big Trees Supermarket in Arnold I happened upon this coffee, which flooded me with memories of travel through the Andes to Chanchamayo, in the high jungle of Peru with Ricardo, a dear friend who had two brothers living there. We stayed with one and every morning we would toast some of the world-renowned coffee from a neighbor, a coffee grower, manually grind it, and brew an exquisite cup of coffee.
That's Diana outside our bathroom; each of us had an upstairs bedroom
Diana enjoying breakfast on the back deck
Dawn reading the Chronicle on the back deck
The first afternoon we walked down to the private lake which pertains to the housing association; Dawn swam every day; I got in the water, but didn't swim
Diana taking a picture at the lake
We went to Calaveras Big Trees State Park twice; the first day we finished the hike with a picnic sitting on a huge rock in the middle of a creek
The second visit was to the North Grove. The majestic Sequoias, such as the one behind Dawn and Diana, are awe-inspiring
A staircase up to a slice of a downed Sequoia
Leaving the park we crossed the Stanislaus River
And last but not least, a gathering of beloveds at the lovely home of Katherine and Duane:
Katherine, Diana, Duane, Jnani
Mochi, a very important member of the family