Sonoma County days…

I’m still visiting friends. Yesterday I met up with some of my fellow students from my university days. We had a good time and a good lunch.  Here they are, from left to right: Mark, Janet, Ranger and Diana.

Sebastopol-my college classmates

And today Mark and I went on an eight-mile hike along the Kortum Trail in the Sonoma Coast State Beaches park. Here we are with the rock-lined coast in the background:

Mark and John

To give you a better idea of this rugged coastline:

Sandy beach, rocky coastline

Rocky coastline closeup

August is hardly the month for wildflowers, but along the way we did see quite a few:

Blue chrysanthemums Yellow daisies

Purple with mint-like leaves Thistle blossoms

Yellow trumpets White flowers

And some that may not qualify as wild, but there they were:

Naked ladies Orange flowers

Fuchsias

The days go by and I’m anxious to get out on the road, but first I still have more friends to see and places to visit here in California.  And I have work to do, too. Yes, I’ve brought articles to translate and papers to correct.  More about that later, much later. One more day here in Sonoma and then I’m off to Mendocino.

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These last few days…

I’ve been staying here at the Flying Rock Ranch near Santa Rosa, California:

house, back

barn, facing the yard

My quarters are in the barn, above the garage.

My friends Debbie and Cheryl:

Debbie and Cheryl  at restaurant

And last Sunday my brother Tim and his wife Ann-Marie had a party for their 25th wedding anniversary.  On this occasion they renewed their vows.

My nephew Isaak introduces his parents:

Isaak introduces his parents

The vows:

vows - Tim and Ann-Marie

Tim and Ann-Marie the next day, standing in front of Van as we parted company:

Tim, Ann-Marie and Van

The real road trip is coming soon folks, but for the moment I’m visiting family and friends.  That’s important.