It was hard to say good bye to Carol and our little friends.
For Sheila and Carol it was gazillion times harder but like Sheila said she has to go home sometime. So off we go. Driving through LA was interesting as traffic was slow but steady, lots of time to talk and look at the atlas to see where we were passing through. The cameras didn't come out until we were passing though the windmill area just east of the Bay area.
Spent the night in a little town called Pleasanton. What an incredibly clean neat pleasant town. Had dinner at a Chinese Restaurant down the street from the Motel 6. Chinese Szechuan Restaurant, 3059 Hopyard Rd Ste G Pleasanton, CA 94588-5258 (925) 846-5251 .
The next day we head north onto 101 with an elevensies stop in Santa Rosa at the Luther Burbank Gardens. I always get very excited to see where famous people did their stuff.
Just down the street from the Luther Burbank Gardens is a church made from one, that's right one, log of California Redwood. Its not small.
It was plan to see that they were doing renovations so I hope that when the girls and I return it will be open for tours.
On the way back to the car we take sometime to take pictures of two homes that struck our fancy.
Up the coast we head through the red woods but we will come back because - well just ask Bet, "we have to go back because I didn't take enough pictures. " From here on to home no pictures were taken. We just soaked it in. Stopped in Grants Pass but we should have been into town hours sooner. Sunday night and not much open. The desk clerk at the Motel 6 even called a favorite eatery to see when they closed. We had all of four minutes to make it to the restaurant. So 24 hour Denny's it is.
Next morning we had coffee in Sutherlin at a Dutch Bros coffee shop. Nice cup of coffee, nice young man at the window.
Just south of Portland we stop at Heirloom Roses and have a lovely shopping afternoon. See the link list. Burgers just north of Vancouver and then all the way home.
As we stepped out of the van the smell of my own lilacs sweep over us. Ahh home.