Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gray Day Getaway

We live close to the storied San Francisco Bay - sometimes that's a mixed blessing.

Oh, we love the water views and the constantly changing sky. We enjoy watching the ships sail by on their way from distant ports and the day sailors skimming the bay. We fall asleep to the sound of little waves breaking on the shore and sometimes awaken to foghorn music in the night. But, there's a dark side to the bay, too, and it usually arrives for a month-long stay right around the first of June. The (in)famous fog.

When we've had enough of damp, gray mornings that sometimes stretch into afternoon, My Beloved suggests a trip inland - just 10 miles or so makes all the difference. We drive out from under the low blanket of fog and out into bright sunshine and much warmer temperatures. Sometimes, we head to Davis for a taste of that college town's wonderful farmer's market and great restaurants, to Sonoma to picnic in the square or to Walnut Creek for some upscale window shopping. This time, we went to Livermore to deliver the lasagna, then went exploring to Sunol for lunch and a poke through the labyrinthine antique shop there.

The drive along Route 84 is true California picturesque with rolling golden hills dotted with dark green live oaks and scattered herds of cattle. The turnoff for Sunol is easy to miss and we did, but were treated to a glimpse of a baptism ceremony being held in the little river that runs alongside the road. All the celebrants were dressed in white, their attention focused on the rite being performed as we rode by.

Backtracking, we found a shady spot to park the car and went into Bosco's, named for a big, black dog who was once elected Mayor of Sunol and brought fame to the tiny town, now long since gone to doggie heaven.

We were greeted by a nice young maƮtre d'hotel and probably the bubbliest, most personable young waiter we've met in a long time. She explained that the restaurant had recently changed hands, gave us good advice regarding choices and prompt, cheerful service. My teriyaki hamburger was huge and perfectly cooked to order, smothered in mushrooms and a light teriyaki sauce. I'd have liked a bit more garlic and ginger in the sauce, but the freshly formed burger and mountain of sauteed fresh mushrooms more than made up for the lack of pizzazz in the sweet-salty sauce. The accompanying cole slaw (fries, potato salad or soup were available options) was fresh and crisp, with raisins as a nice addition to the usual slaw. I'll write about My Beloved's shrimp and crab sandwich tomorrow.

The antique shop is a warren of interconnecting rooms filled with every conceivable object, from stuff from my childhood to things much older even than I. It made an enjoyable hour of poking. My Beloved found some fun vintage magazines; I purchased a pocket-sized copy of The Courtship of Miles Standish for four bucks. And home again in time for a nice nap.

We enjoyed our splendid gray day getaway and would gladly repeat the experience next time the fog rolls in.

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Blogger namastenancy said...

Your trip inland sounds fun. I'll have to suggest it to my friends to see if we want to leave our oasis of coolness. As for me, I love the fog, love the cool damp days, love the muted light that shimmers through the blanket of clouds. It reminds me of Whistler's color poem paintings or my favorite poem as a kid which began, "The fog comes in on little cat feet..."

Tuesday, June 02, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nancy, I like the natural air conditioning of the bay area but I'm a sun loving plant. Sounds like you could be a clivia - blooms beautifully in complete shade. :-)

Tuesday, June 02, 2009  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Phoo, I'm a heat-seeking missile! When we lived in Glen Park, I asked Cranky if we could please move to "California."
However. I worked briefly in Pleasanton. TOO hot.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009  
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Cookiecrumb, you've got about the best now - not too hot and not too foggy! Perfect.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009  

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