People You Meet

There is a wonderful county park here in Petaluma called the Helen Putnam Regional park. Helen Putnam was a mayor of this city and instrumental in saving this lovely stretch of land along a high ridge overlooking the river and the city. We walk this area quite regularly because it involves a serious climb to get up to it and we always feel better…

Touring GREEN STRING FARM with Nayah and Claire

Green String Farm in Petaluma is a fascinating place. Check its website out here. At first glance, the place would appear to be an ordinary “grow & sell it” vegetable and fruit operation but upon closer viewing it shows itself to be a commercial farm that practices a radical new kind of agriculture, complete with an on site educational program that  trains young intern…

An Adobe Vanishing Point

Those always arresting photographs of railroad tracks merging in the distance are often used by art teachers as examples of a perspective’s vanishing point. The other day we visited the largest adobe building in northern California, an enormous hacienda girdled by long long porches. It’s called the Petaluma Adobe and is now a California state park. The structure was once the home of General…

At Drakes Bay Oyster Company Again!

I would like to thank Ginny Cummings, the manager of Drakes Bay, for her warm welcome and the fun tour of her operation I had the other day. Even though my wife and I come from coastal Maine and we do indeed have oyster companies there too, I have never had the chance to look at what goes into producing them up close. I…

Drakes Bay Oyster Company

In our travels we like to look around for fun places to visit that are somewhat off the beaten path. In the North Coast area of California there is Drakes Bay Oyster Company which is on the way to the famous Point Reyes lighthouse. You get to it down a long gravel road. The locals certainly know about Drakes Bay as you will read…

Zen Flowers At Scribe Winery

There is a winery in Sonoma called Scribe Winery. It’s not too far from here. As local wineries go, it’s a young good one with high aspirations. As a non-drinker, what I like most about the place is the way it looks. There is a big old rundown hacienda that sits overlooking the vines and a large well-tended vegetable garden next to the tasting room…

Fried Oysters And Pecan Pie For Breakfast

Yes, I know what you’re thinking. OMG Eweew! My lord that sounds very  weird. (Really probably closer to disgusting.) Ladies and gentlemen you couldn’t be more mistaken. If that is, you had breakfast with us this morning at the Fremont Diner in Sonoma, California. For openers, you can tell what kind of spot this is by the hungry folks milling around the parking lot…

Flaming Red Bush

The glow of the almost full moon last night teamed up with the house lights of the place across the way to create a flaming red bush. Fun to see…beautiful and a tad spooky.

Petaluma “Chickaluma” “River City”

Founded by Spanish settlers in 1776, the Petaluma area was part of a 66,000 acre Mexican land grant of 1834 by Governor Jose Figueroa called Rancho Petaluma . American pioneers flocked into Petaluma from the eastern United States after the discovery of gold in California in 1849. The town’s position at the head of the Petaluma River in the heart of the surrounding prosperous farmland was…