Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Pre-Fourth Fireworks

Despite the fact that I am busy as f**k at work -- having just racked up two consecutive nights in the office until 9pm+ -- I figured I had better post these photos from early last month before I embark tomorrow on another trip up to the Bay Area. And I had better post these before my gracious San Francisco host decides to pull in the welcome mat and leave me sleeping on the curb with a stone pillow.

Anyway, a great time was had on a long weekend prior to the Fourth. Bypassed The City entirely for a coupla nights in bucolic Sonoma County at Huntington's parents' place while they stayed at a string of paradores in Tarragona and beyond, or some such luxury jaunt. We also went beyond bucolic by hitting The River for a day, where we spent time at the pool surrounded by all the River Boys, and of course visited with the always affable Chris & Mark. Of course, someone was a dumbhead and didn't recharge his phone sufficiently the night before, so the camera conked somewhere en route on the Sonoma Highway. Typical.

The pics below show my Amtrak progression through "Sanna-Zay," along San Pablo Bay, in downtown Sonoma with Messrs. Huntington & Allen (including dinner at The Swiss Hotel), and the next morning along the Road to Guerneville.

















































And one last photo... my guardian angel for the weekend:

8 comments:

Huntington said...

Obrigado. You get to sleep indoors now.

(If anyone's curious, my dad got that mask in Manila in 1969 or so when he was in the navy. It's about 4 feet tall and hangs in my old room. And yes, that's masked sheetrock that never got painted during a remodel about 25 years ago.)

Junk Thief said...

Welcome back to my corner of California. Have fun and wave if you're in the Mission District.

Salty Miss Jill said...

This looks like a most fantastic voyage. Is that you with the shaved head?

BigAssBelle said...

man, that looks like a kickass road trip. beautiful country, fetching companions, and a convertible? can't get much better than that unless there's a tiki god involved. very, very nice.

kusala said...

lynette: it's always great to get out of town, and the area north of SF is definitely one of the nicest places for just tooling along the road. The convertible didn't hurt!

jill: that is me in my hairless glory.

junkthief: i will wave from Portrero Hill. Recommend any good pupuserias on Mission itself? I've had a hankering...

Fetching Huntington said...

Lynette called me "fetching!" *happy dance*

Salty Miss Jill said...

Daaaaammmnnnnn, you fine!;)

Junk Thief said...

Oh, wow, you're literally up the hill from me. I'm across the fence from the Brava Theater. La Paz at 22nd and Potrero is simple but mainly Spanish speakers (always a good sign) and great servers. The Mexi-catessan a few blocks west on 24th isn't pupusas but a great stop, and always fresh stuff.

Have fun. The weather should be perfect.