The last two days have been very cold and foggy in San Francisco. We took a little drive north where it was much nicer.
This is the tiny town of Graton in Sonoma County.
Except for a few galleries and informal gourmet eateries, that's basically it! We stopped in Sebastopol on the way to Graton.
Two country highways cross in Sebastopol, the 12 and the 116. The holiday traffic was stressful, and the threat of armed robbery loomed large.
I stopped for coffee and a cookie. The barista took me very seriously when she asked me if I wanted room for cream and I said no. This was after I took a sip and burned my tongue. Too hot!
We found the farmer's market (it wasn't hard to find).
Here you could buy bearded iris cultivars.
Mexican fare for locavores.
Wool and gourds.
African market baskets.
Or you could ask the local master gardeners
about this unusual garden bed.
After Sebastopol, we went to Graton, and then decided to keep going. We ended up in Jenner where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean,
And then we drove down to Tomales, by way of Bodega Bay, and back to San Francisco.
(If you decide to click these videos, you should mute the volume on your computer first.)
In Tomales, we stopped at my favorite plant nursery, Mostly Natives, and I bought some plants (mostly natives): Rosa chinensis mutabilis, Juncus tenuis, Phacelia californica, Solidago californica, Verbena lilacina. I didn't take any pictures there this time. See last time.