Our stay in Santa Rosa was brief – just 2 nights – but we enjoyed some time with Don’s Aunt Della and hubby Gene McKamey.
Della’s a great cook, and she prepared something for appetizers that I’d never seen.
They are shrimp flavored chips and they come in a package and look like fruit leather.
Drop the pieces into a bit of hot oil, and they are transformed into light, flavorful chips!
I admired several pieces of art hanging on the walls, created by a friend of Della’s. The artist used yarn for the first, indoor-outdoor carpeting for the next one, and paint sample cards for the third of these interesting pieces.
Della and Gene’s Westie DeeDee is so cute. We enjoyed watching her play with her toys.
The next day her coat was whiter and shorter after a trip to the groomer.
Thursday night we went to The Italian Affair for dinner.
It’s a favorite of Della and Gene’s, and we all enjoyed our meals.
On Friday, Don and I drove to Eureka. It’s great to see so much green in California, and amazing to see even more vineyards.
And more wineries, of course.
This looks like a lovely place to live, just outside Willits, CA.
We stopped for fuel in Willits, then had lunch at a rest stop a few miles down the road. Don knew we were getting close to the famed redwoods, both from previous experience and Willits’ sign claiming to be the gateway.
The route through the redwood forest is always interesting, to say the least. The road is narrow and some of the giant trees seem to be growing in the middle of the road! I didn’t get any pictures because I was driving that leg. The last time we went through here, Don drove. The memory of that experience was still so vivid, he insisted that I do the driving. How kind was that? But the drive was without incident if you don’t count the deep breaths I took when we met a large truck on a narrow stretch with huge redwood trees encroaching on the pavement on both sides of the road! Whew!
To read more about the California Redwoods and see great pictures of the enormous trees, click these links: National Park Service and Avenue of the Giants, which parallels the route we took on U.S. 101.
We arrived at the Elks Lodge in Eureka early in the afternoon and were greeted by our friends Ken and Jan Tilton.
Their 37th anniversary was Thursday May 3, so we joined them in a belated celebration at the lodge’s Friday night cook-your-own steak dinner. Their blog Tiltons Travels tells about our dinner, so I won’t write about that, but I just had to show you what the meal looked like. Yummy!
It’s nice to get together with them again after sharing a bit of our Alaska experience last summer. We’ll have a little more time with them before they head out.