Rivers, Forests, Wine & Rosa

The rest of our journey in Northern California took us to the russian river, dense rich, forests & wine vineyards as far as the eye could see. Traveling away from the ocean we drove down windy, rolling roads into dense forest. The trees were so impressive in size that the sun was fighting her way through them. It could have been 10 degrees colder here in the forest. It was amazing. The air was cool and refreshing and smelled of wood, lichen and fresh greens. It was heavenly. We passed houses up in the trees (!!) and houses deep in the woods paired next to greenhouses and amazing nooks to who knows where. I looked back at Rory and he squeezed my shoulders – I knew he was just in love as I was. It was a dream – a place where I know I could be happy. We stopped at this really cool bridge in Monte Rio where the hills looked painted with reds, oranges, greens and brown. It was next to a super old movie theatre that still had movie posters up from old films, like The Birds. It was a very cool little town. Simple. Quaint. A feeling you get when you drive away from the city and can breath easily. Like any camping trip you’ve ever been on. It was refreshing. We stopped in town at this natural grocery store where they had lots of amazing food. The main streets out there are fantastic – homey & welcoming they reminded me of back home but with a twist – there was a uplifting energy – an awareness of what’s important in life. People care about how they live, what they eat and what’s important and you can tell that awareness in turn makes them happy because they know themselves. We picked up some delicious snacks and headed for wine country.

Since it was late in the day we only had time to visit one vineyard – Foppiano Vineyards in Healdsburg – the town where our friends Mike & Mary had been living for some time last year. They had some terrific petite sirah that Rory ended up purchasing for my mom and his grandparents. I’d love to learn more about the art of wine making.. the history of it, the production of it everything – it’s such an amazing cultural past time that I hope to gain experience with someday. After leaving the first vineyard we raced against the clock to try another vineyard but when we finally arrived they would not let us in as we were too close to closing time. C’est la vie – it was still fun racing through wine country – flying around windy turns – windows all the way down – laughing the whole way around. The colors that surrounded us were reminiscent of fall – much different from the winter back home and surely different from where we had just came from. As the full moon was rising up over the vineyards it was easy to feel at peace with the day.. I felt as if we had truly lived each and every moment.. it felt really good. After a day full of happiness, thoughtful conversation and laughs we headed back to Santa Rosa and went to the grocery to pick up lots of fresh veggies and pasta for a nice homemade dinner with some of Cassi’s new friends. It felt pretty amazing to be so far from home but feel so close to everything that makes you who you are. It’s that feeling that will bring me back there someday…

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One Response to Rivers, Forests, Wine & Rosa

  1. sjtphotog says:

    thanks for sharing such beautiful pix and memories of your trip… what a fantastic experience for you guys…
    -Sarah

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