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P-51 Mustang at Wings & Wheels

The 2nd Annual Wings and Wheels was a great success last Saturday; a good sign that this event is here to stay.  There were so many aircraft and automobiles to see that I could hardly get through them in the four plus hours that I was there.  Flybys kept everyone running to the sidelines to [...]

Plane Spotting at Petaluma Airport

The Petaluma Airport has been something of a salvation to my family in the early years of my son’s life.  Going out to eat was impossible until we discovered the Two Niner Diner and its patio view of the airport runway.  Our spirited baby became momentarily engrossed in watching the planes take off and we [...]

56th Enmanji Teriyaki BBQ

Yesterday was the 56th year that the Enmanji Temple in Sebastopol has done their annual teriyaki BBQ.   That is a lot of years of barbequed chicken!  It was our first year attending and as former Japan expats we were happy to find a local connection to the summer festivities we enjoyed during our time in [...]

By | July 12th, 2010|Family, Festivals & Events, West County|0 Comments

Where Trash Became Treasure

In California we are blessed with many unique beaches but I doubt there are many that are sought after because they used to be town dumps.  Glass Beach in Fort Bragg is popular for exactly that reason.  It was a local dumping ground in the 50’s but by the late 60’s people had come to [...]

By | July 7th, 2010|Beaches, Mendocino|2 Comments

The Borough of Boont

A couple of months ago I read about an event at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville.  I had never heard of Boonville so I did some Googling to figure out where it was located.  Turns out it is about 30 mi northwest of Cloverdale on highway 128, in the heart of the Andersen Valley [...]

By | June 29th, 2010|Mendocino|2 Comments

Hay or Café au Lait?

We were back in Pt. Reyes Station yesterday, planning to buy some plastic Adirondack chairs at the Ace Building Supply Store. They were out of the red ones we wanted so we’ll be checking back.  The town was a hive of activity; a big change from the quiet morning we had last week.  There were [...]

By | June 20th, 2010|Marin|0 Comments

Heading West for Breakfast

Summer is upon us and the weather is heating up.  On Saturday it started getting warm early and gave us a good excuse to head to the coast for some breakfast.  I love that we have such easy access to the coast from Petaluma. It makes it possible to take a trip west on a [...]

By | June 15th, 2010|Marin|0 Comments

A Bread Pilgrimage

Is twenty minutes too far to drive for a loaf of bread?  Not when that bread is an Egyptian loaf from Wild Flour Bread in Freestone, freshly baked in their brick oven and loaded with bits of fig, pear, and ginger.  Pair that with a nice hot latte spiked with cardamom for a delicious start [...]

By | June 9th, 2010|West County|0 Comments

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

The good weather this last weekend was worth celebrating.  It has been a long rainy spring, which has happily brought us out of our drought but has definitely had me in the doldrums lately.  In honor of the sunny days I wanted some good frolicsome fun so we loaded up the car and [...]

By | June 3rd, 2010|Beaches, Family, Parks, West County|0 Comments

Lavender & Honey

Flowers and bees have a wonderfully symbiotic relationship.  Bees pollinate the flowers and the flowers nourish the bees; happy flowers mean more flowers and happy bees mean honey!  You can learn more about happy flowers and bees at the Lavender Bee Farm in Petaluma, a charming family owned farm known for their lavender and honey [...]

By | May 28th, 2010|Farms, Petaluma|1 Comment