Quincy on the left and Molly on the right. Goldendoodles.

Quincy on the left and Molly on the right. Goldendoodles.

 Road Trip 11-10-18 to 11-21-18 - Hopland + Fairfax + Alameda + Oakland

10 days with two Golden Doodles, traveling from Mount Shasta to Larkspur via Ukiah with friends and food on my mind. I traveled from Mount Shasta to Larkspur via Ukiah. I was going to be in Marin for 10 days dog sitting Molly and Quincy, Golden Doodles cousins. and share some meals with long time friends.

Marin County bound after coffee and a breakfast burrito at Seven Suns. The drive south on the Nickel through the post Delta Fire landscape gave me a clear picture how years of drought and climate change are impacting my local environment. The landscape looks more like the surface of the moon than the usual lush deciduous and evergreens. Shasta Lake was about 100 feet below the dam crest.   

The hillside after the Delta Fire. They were still cutting trees and doing erosion control.

The hillside after the Delta Fire. They were still cutting trees and doing erosion control.

Once I drove down the hill at Red Bluff into the Sacramento Valley I could see the smoke layer and plumes from the Camp Fire that has now been deemed the most destructive fire in California history. To the east was a massive bank of dense smoke from Paradise south until the winds carried it west near Williams,

The skies were clear over me until I got down to Williams then I drove into the smoke that was being moved all the way into the Bay Area by the winds. Highway 20 snakes through the Coastal Range, above Clear Lake and the small towns along the way to Highway 101. The oak laden hills along the road were scarred from past fires. I did see a pair of magnificent elks grazing in a small clearing. The entire drive from Williams to Ukiah was engulfed in smoke.

Unfortunately it was smoky every day I was there from the Camp Fire. Many of the restaurants we visited had outdoor seating, but were closed because of the very poor air quality.

Unfortunately it was smoky every day I was there from the Camp Fire. Many of the restaurants we visited had outdoor seating, but were closed because of the very poor air quality.

Leaving Ukiah and driving south on 101 through the vineyards and into the housing developments, shopping malls and the dense population of the bay area is always both shocking and comforting. I lived in this part of the world for about 30 years so there is a sense of familiar, memory and personal history related to people and places. I went to college at Sonoma State as an Anthropology major. We traveled throughout the area doing survey’s and I Even got to work on a dig at the Soscal Trading Post in Napa before the site was paved over by highway 12 Soscal bypass.

I enjoyed my visits and meals. It’s always fun for me to get away from my small town of Mount Shasta. I get really excited about eating at restaurants I’ve never eaten at before. I can’t do much of that in Siskiyou County! But nothing is better than seeing friends and telling old stories, catching up on what’s new and laughing!!

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11/10/18 - Seven Suns - Mount Shasta - Coffee and a Breakfast Burrito

11/12/18 - Piazza de Campovida - Hopland - Gluten free pizza, salad and good ale

11/13/18 - Cantina Del Sol - Albany - Chile Rellonos - Tacos - Casa Beans and good ale

11/17/18 - Tamal - Fairfax - Chile Rellonos - Fall Salad - Ceviche` and a good IPA from Adobe Creek Brewing

11/18/18 - Dona Tomas - Oakland - Tacos -guacamole - IPA

11/19/18 - Cafe Verde - Happy Hour - Roasted beet salad

11/19/18 - Sonoma Market - Tiramisu