Enough with this hot weather!

We coped with temperatures in the low 100’s in Sacramento, CA. When the next day was predicted to rise to a sizzling 111 degrees, we packed the car in the morning and headed out.  Our destination was Healdsburg, CA, home of our friends, Bob and Carolyn.

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Actually, our friends live outside of town, 10 miles up in the mountains.  It’s a heavily forested area and remote (no wifi, no cell phone coverage).  Only a few people live on their stretch of road.  Our urban selves think it’s the perfect setting for a very scary Stephen King book, but it is quiet, and you can see lots of stars at night.

We took a walk after breakfast with Bob.  How much would we see on a tree lined, dead end road?

After walking a mile or so, at the road’s edge, we saw an old wooden building, which had obviously not been in use for some time.  It was the historic Venado Post Office, closed in 1941.

After walking a mile or so, at the road’s edge, we saw an old wooden building, which had obviously not been in use for some time. It was the historic Venado Post Office, closed in 1941.

We soon came to sunny, open fields.  Blackberry bushes flourished on both sides of the road.  We picked and ate slowly as we moved from bush to bush.  A few wild plums from an overhanging tree paired nicely with the berries.

We soon came to sunny, open fields. Blackberry bushes flourished on both sides of the road. We picked and ate slowly as we moved from bush to bush. A few wild plums from an overhanging tree paired nicely with the berries.

A handsome horse grazed on the hillside oblivious to three walkers.  Bob called to him and finally coaxed him to the fence with the offer of some tall grasses.   It must have been delicious because the horse followed Bob, hoping for more.  (Bob sees him most days on his walk.)

A handsome horse grazed on the hillside oblivious to three walkers. Bob called to him and finally coaxed him to the fence with the offer of some tall grasses. It must have been delicious because the horse followed Bob, hoping for more. (Bob sees him most days on his walk.)

We met a cyclist, Chris, who regularly rides up the mountain from town.  We talked about politics while we nibbled more blackberries.

The day was getting warm, and it was time to head back.

The day was getting warm, and it was time to head back.

One last stop was made to pick a bouquet of lavender for the car.

One last stop was made to pick a bouquet of lavender for the car.

Our walk in the cool mountains was a world away from the hot, central California of the day before.  We were grateful for the tranquility and beauty of that dead end road…to be continued

July 2013

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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5 Responses to Enough with this hot weather!

  1. Mmmm, fresh blackberries. How delicious!

  2. Kathy Oshaughnessy says:

    Those temps are unreal! If it’s any consolation, we have been stuck in the mid-90’s for a week with no end in sight. So you pics of your walk in the woods cooled me off here in CT. Here’s hoping the heat wave breaks on both coasts, 🙂
    Keep well and cool.
    Kathy

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