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      07-13-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Part 2 of my July 4th holiday road trip series. From Napa to the Coast!

So the day after my adventure over the sierras, I decided to head the opposite direction, and headed out northwest to the coast, via Napa and Sonoma wine country, through Mendocino county and a redwood forest toward my turn around point at Ft. Bragg on the ocean. The scenery is pure California, with good food along the way to boot!


Wine to the Coast Map by lennycarl08, on Flickr

We caught the Silverado Trail, which runs up the east side of Napa Valley to start, before catching Highway 128 in Calistoga. Yes that is where the water is named for.

A random winery stop along the way…

20130705-IMG_8153 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


20130705-IMG_8090 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


20130705-IMG_8096 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

It was a very nice day, far cooler than the previous week had been.


20130705-IMG_8148 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Sonoma is far less trafficked than Napa


20130705-IMG_8133 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


20130705-IMG_8126 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


20130705-IMG_8127 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

After a brief stint up Hwy 101, 128 contineus west through Booneville, which has a very nice brewery if you are in the area. After Booneville, you enter the redwoods…


20130705-DSCF0565 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


20130705-DSCF0560 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


20130705-IMG_8164 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


20130705-IMG_8181 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


20130705-IMG_8173 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Soon enough though, the forest opens up to the costal area, and 128 intersects with world famous CA 1, the Pacific Coast Highway.

20130705-DSCF0571 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

A short blast up north leads you through Mendocino (pretty much a giant bed and breakfast!) and to Fort Bragg, home of the world famous "skunk train" among other things. Really it is a beach town that was formerly a large port and logging operation.


20130705-IMG_8221 by lennycarl08, on Flickr


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20130705-AQ4E9155 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

Just as we were leaving to head back to 101 and home, a young fawn chased its mother across the road. Deer at the beach! Not a bad day out sight seeing.

20130705-AQ4E9275 by
lennycarl08, on Flickr

The return highway was pretty cool too, but we were hungry and traffic was a bit thick, so I didn't take any pictures and concentrated on driving and getting back over the hill to make dinner at a good place I knew in Ukiah. I wish I could spend more time just driving around the state and taking pictures, but alas, there are bills to be paid!

20130705-AQ4E9231 by lennycarl08, on Flickr

I hope I am not overdoing here. I just love this car and it holds a ton of camera gear to boot!
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