quite lucky with regard to traffic during this portion of our
trip. In this case, "luck" was defined as pre-planning a
route that would not take us into the metro-Bay Area and
generally skirted the heavily populated areas. Our
planning paid off and any traffic we saw was in the opposing lane.
We arrived at Petaluma, our destination for the day, with plenty
of daylight to spare. Our objective was to stay with "mog friends" Kevin and
Kirsten at their ranch on the outskirts of Petaluma.
The photos below are what we saw.
got into the metro Bay Area we saw awesome infrastructure
projects. There were many bridges of a variety of
types. This bridge was as steep as it looked. The
height was necessary to provide clearance for ships traveling up
the Sacramento River. This is a toll bridge and it was $5
to cross in one direction.
height of the bridge we could see the flood plains of the river
below. The flood plains provided rich farm lands, but the
periodic flooding made living in the area problematic.
north side of the bay we passed this installation of satellite
dishes which likely belongs to the local cable company.
bridges and more tidal sloughs.
finally arrived at our destination in Petaluma where I realized
(again) that "he who dies with the most toys, wins". Kevin
has me beat hands-down with several unimogs, a huge ex-mil dump
truck as well as more conventional farm equipment.
10,000 pound Pettibone rough terrain fork lift.
another 1300L Unimog hiding under that tarp in addition to the
ranch truck at the left of the photo above.
is focused on horses and they have extensive boarding and
training facilities as well as a huge covered arena. That
is US101 in the background.
was hosting "horse friends" while we were there so we parked in
the barn area. It was a quiet and comfortable night.
horses just completed competition and were tired.
morning, we headed toward Bodega Bay and passed this odd contraption.
Bodega Bay on SR-1 we started getting views of the rocky
was not cooperating and the cloudy/overcast light made taking
colorful photos problematic.
the rocky coves were quite scenic.
passed this unique dwelling next to the highway.
Russian River we saw kayakers on the river. Conditions
were calm and windless.
were plenty of pullouts that provided striking views of the
was narrow with many tight turns.
the inlets had gravel beaches.
heavy winter rains resulted in lots of slumps and landslides
causing delays due to road repairs.
forest density got higher the further north we traveled.
cave/arch in the process of being formed.
finally arrived at the Albion River Inn and got one of the last
rooms available. Our room had a great view of the Albion
River Bridge which is one of the highest all-wooden bridges in
stitched panorama from the deck outside our room at the Albion
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