It feels good to stay put in one place. This was our second week in Sebastopol (at a different AirBnB) and we’re in Sonoma County for another three weeks. Sonoma is an area we wished we had explored more when we lived in San Francisco, so it’s nice to be able to spend the time now. Sebastopol is a convenient home base for visiting the Russian River Valley, Mount Tam, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the cute towns in Marin County. Mill Valley is our favorite and where we lived for a month when we (briefly) moved to the Bay Area a handful of years ago. Tiburon has the most insane views of San Francisco (and the most insane wealth to pay for those views).
Aaron really likes the photo he took of the 101 at night with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background, even though he now has poison oak from capturing that image (see below). We both love the character of the landscape here. The weather changes are very dynamic, going from foggy and mysterious to bright and sunny, and this means that views from exactly the same vantage points look totally different from moment to moment. One of the most extreme is watching the marine layer envelop San Francisco. It happens crazy fast too.
Aaron has historically been exceptionally allergic to poison ivy. There was this one time in high school when he took a job doing landscaping and while clearing some brush, he got poison ivy all over his upper body. It spread to the point where he had to be on steroids for a month. Well, it was bound to happen again at some point…this time it’s poison oak, and fortunately only a small patch on his foot so far. Note to anyone looking to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge: the Marin Headlands are basically hills covered in poison oak.