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Anyone know how we can make our voices heard? Crab is what makes winter tolerable in our neck of the woods. I'm out of the country until next week, but sure thought I was coming back to crab.
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Off to Mexico for two weeks for Thanksgiving, so took the dogs down to the river for their last watery workout until I get back. Cleo swims and swims to retrieve the ball; Tasha tries to steal the ball so Cleo will play with her. Both have a great time and come home tired. Such a wonderful place for dogs to live (or visit)---they come home very wet, full of sand and burrs, but all worth it. And the Mallard ducks and I relish the last bit of sunshine on the trees.
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This river rock peace symbol has been on Drake's Beach for a long time; someone must come down and reconstruct it every spring. Best view is driving by on River Road, just before Rio Nido, coming from Guerneville. No idea who is responsible for it, but there it always is.
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National Geographic has selected its 12 best destinations for travel in 2012 and Sonoma County makes the list! We're as "American as Apple Pie"
“I’ve been to Napa and Sonoma,” you hear people say, as if they were one and the same. Sure, Sonoma’s 300-plus wineries, like those of vine-centric Napa, offer peak wine tasting, from Ravenswood’s deep Zinfandels to Gloria Ferrer’s sophisticated sparklers. But if you’ve visited only the county’s wineries, come back to sample the astounding diversity that makes Sonoma one of America’s travel treasures.
Spend some time floating in an inner tube down the Russian River and walking amid ancient giants—one over 1,400 years old—at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. Poke around the old Russian stockade at Fort Ross, which turns 200 in 2012, or the Spanish adobe mission, San Francisco Solano, in Sonoma town. Hunt for antiques along Petaluma’s downtown Victorian row, and dine on seasonal sake-steamed, aged abalone at Michelin-starred Cyrus in Healdsburg. And don’t miss a flaky, fruit-packed slice of Gravenstein pie from Mom’s Apple Pie, a roadside stop outside Sebastopol. It ranks up there with a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir as a real taste of Sonoma."
And this list doesn't begin to cover it all nor does it describe the incredible beauty of our area, especially in the Russian River Valley. We tend to take this place for granted and it's great when it gets its due from a major publication---makes us appreciate it all the more.
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