In the Bay Area...
Oct 21, 2011
| October 7th....Today was a travel day.... We left Jackson and headed for the Coyote Valley RV and GOLF Resort, which will be our home base for a couple of weeks in the greater Bay Area. At approximately 140 miles, this was a short and easy trip. We rolled in to and set up at the new park by 3:00pm and just spent the evening relaxing.
October 8th....We spent the day at the Frys.com PGA golf tournament - the course is only 10 miles, or so, from our RV park, so the opportunity was just too good to pass up. Tiger Woods was entered for the first time in a month, so we followed his play for a few holes until the crowds got to be too much. A gorgeous golf course in the hills of the San Jose Mountains and a beautiful California day with the temps in the mid 70s.
October 9th....Our old friend Bob Schmidt (dating back to the mid-80s) lives in the area and came to dinner this evening. Good friends, filets on the grill, a single malt scotch, a good red wine and time to catch up with a dear friend made for a delightful evening!
October 11th....Monday was a rest day - a run out for groceries and just generally taking it easy. We headed for the Coyote Creek Golf Club on Tuesday for a round of golf on a Jack Nicklaus designed course. The day was a bright, sunny 82 degrees and we had a nice walking round together.
October 14th....We got up early this morning and caught the 6:45am Caltrain "Baby Bullet" train into San Francisco for a day of sightseeing. We walked from the Embarcadero and the financial district through to Chinatown to the waterfront along the Piers, ate lunch at Sally's Famous Fishwich, a "scoop" at Ghiradelli Ice Cream and did some leisurely window shopping in and around Fisherman's Terminal. We had a nice day revisiting this iconic City.
October 16th....After spending the day on Saturday just "vegging", we headed to the Monterey Peninsula on Sunday.
The town of Monterey is an easy hour drive from our home base in Morgan Hill - half of which was right along the coast. WOW.... After being inland for so long, the sudden appearance of the Pacific Ocean and the rugged Northern California coastline was so breathtaking that it was hard to keep my eyes on the road.
A large part of the Peninsula is owned by the Pebble Beach Corporation, which controls access to the famed "17 Mile Drive". This winding, two-lane road passes through the renowned Cypress Point, Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach golf courses and has many view points along the coast - each of which would have been worth the drive by itself. At one of the scenic viewpoints, a group of 5 bicyclists participating in a multi-day charity ride asked us to take a photo of them with their camera. One of the riders was (incredibly) Bill Walton (the 6' 11" former UCLA and NBA basketball player) - I hope that I didn't "cut his head off" in the photo.
We stopped at the Pebble Beach Lodge, bought logo'd hats (much cheaper than paying the $500/per person greens fee to play the golf course), passed through the quaint (but too touristy) village of Carmel and then spent some time along Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row in Monterey for a nice walk and lunch.
We got a little more insight into ourselves and what we like about our new life "on the road" on this side-trip. There were several "attractions", such as the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, that we had intended to visit, but didn't....we found the incredible, natural beauty of the area itself to be so rewarding, that we couldn't bring ourselves to go inside and look at an exhibit of what we were already immersed in. It turns out that we are more interested in experiencing the grandeur and the variety of our country and its people than the prepackaged, commercial offerings that are so prevalent. That doesn't mean that we won't do some of those things - just that we will probably do less of them than we thought we would as we set out on our adventure....
October 19th....We drove into San Jose today to visit the Winchester Mystery House. A friend had told us about this rambling, 160 room, Victorian house that was built in the late 1800/early 1900's by the widow of one of the members of the Winchester rifle family. It is a bizarre maze - improbable and confounding in its layout - very interesting. We had fun seeing it and we left shaking our heads. Worth seeing if you are in the area and have a couple of hours.
October 20th....Our friend, Bob Schmidt, arranged a round of golf for the three of us at a terrific, private club in Pleasanton. The Ruby Creek Golf Club is another Jack Nicklaus designed course that was one of the most beautiful and meticulously cared-for courses that we have ever played. Therese played great - Bob and Dave not so much, but we had a great day on the links on a beautiful day with a good friend.
October 21st....Well, our visit to the Bay Area is drawing to a close. Today is a rest day and a day to prep for our departure tomorrow morning. Our next leg is about 240 miles down the coast along route 101. We will be spending a week in Buellton - just north of Santa Barbara. We will do some exploring around the area (neither of us have been here before), enjoy some wine tasting in the Solvang area, visit the shore and relax at the highly-rated Flying Flags RV Park.
Stay tuned....we'll keep you posted.