Ponderosa RV Resort
Once all the fun at the Italian Festival was over we drove down I-80 back to Placeville.
Our friends, John & Tina, also joined us a couple of days later. The cool, fall weather has arrived and made for a nice hike along the river.
As we pass through the Delta waterways we see some folks out fishing.
Russian River, CA
Russian River Resort
This is the second time we've been to this park. It's a great location but a very small, tight park.
We've got a few days here before the wedding and we'll celebrate Steve's birthday. The next day rained heavy so instead of hiking in the Redwoods we drove over to a brewery for an early dinner at Wolf House Brewery. We split some wings, coconut shrimp and a beer brat. Great food. The beer, not so much.
Steve has always wanted to grill up a Tomahawk Steak so we had that and some Lobster for his birthday dinner.
Funny story. We were at Walmart before coming here and Steve came over to me all excited about what he found when he was looking for cake mix. When he first showed it to me I was confused and said, "you want a Barbie cake"?! He looked just as confused then proudly said, "No, it's a Dolly Parton cake"! Steve LOVES banana cake. So I made it. It was actually very good.
He's 8+ years old :-)
The next day the weather was beautiful so we took a ride to a winery then later another brewery.
The goat barn.
They also have beautiful gardens with flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Inside they had the pictures of the girls with their names and other info about them. They do offer tours of the barn and cheese making.
Outside you can pet and feed the "Gramma Goats" that are past their prime and no longer used for milking. This is their retirement area.
Our final day before moving to the wedding venue in Napa was to take an all-day drive over the Coastal Mountain Range via 128/Mountain View Road/Hey 1 to the coast to visit a lighthouse.
The Point Arena Lighthouse coming into view.
Point Arena Lighthouse, erected in 1870.
This 153 year old beauty located on the Mendocino Coast ties for the tallest at 115 feet. Destroyed by the 1906 Earthquake, it was rebuilt in 1908. There are more than 40 lighthouses in California. We have been to about 1/2 of them. This is one of several lighthouses that you can actually rent a room to sleep in. In this case, they have a few cottages.
The view from the top was beautiful but very cold!
Fresnel Lens LED Array
The beautiful Fresnel Lens was made in France and is now appraised at 3.5 million dollars! It now sits in the on-site museum. It was replaced in 2015 with an 8-Tier VLB-44 LED Array. That array is the above picture on the right. It's about the size of a football!
We took the $10 guided tour to go up to the top. You can walk outside up top on a small balcony.
I love the colors of the outside brass doorknob discolored from the sea salt. It was a nice short visit and we had a great time. Next we drove the short distance to the town of Point Arean for lunch.
More views of the lighthouse from a few pullouts.
The Point Arena Pier.
Cute walkway down.
There was a small creek that fed into the Pacific.
Watch this 15 second video and see this guy just hovering around! I think it's a Falcon? Anyone know?
It was time to head out as we'd be back on very curvy, steep roads and we hoped to return before dark.
Just as we approached Lake Sonoma on the other side the sun was setting with some spectacular colors.