26.02.2013 66 °F
Another beautiful day and a breakfast at Boudins. We load up the car, check our maps, turn on Greta ... and we're off - to find out way to the Golden Gate Bridge and Hiway 1 North. Amazingly easy leaving the city and we were soon in Marin County passing by our 1st homes in Mill Valley and Larkspur. Not too much looks the same. Someone told us Marin is the richest county in the USA. Passing on up into the hills of Petaluma and across the hills to come out at Bodega Bay. The coast north of San Francisco is completely different than the southern coastline. Up here it's more high cliffs & wind swept tops. South the mountains simply plunge into the water...the road is high above the pacific but you can see the road for miles. The northern coast twists and turns on itself and every corner is a surprise.
Ft Ross was closed so we drove on.
Stopped for lunch in Mendicinio - it's a beautiful artist colony and because it's off the beaten path - it stays under the radar for winter tourist. The building are mostly 19th century, built by the New Englanders.
Eventually we decided to head inland and try to make a little time. Spent the night in Willits. Had amazingly good fresh red snapper fish & chips.