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Moon in the valley of the moon

Last night was peaceful - at least after the bellhop who locked the car keys in the trunk got his boss to break into the hire car! We stopped in Calistoga and floated in a mineral pool (because the mud baths in our hotel caught fire - go figure). Dinner overlooking the Napa river is delicious - calamari and avocado pasta and hanger steak on portabella mushroom and pork with crispy polenat plus red ale, raspberry cyder and Bonny Doone flying saucer red wine (like the Chateuneufe du Pape vinyards they've banned cigale volante from their winery and it's working nicely thank you very much).

Today we've got sun so bright it's sharp, blessed deep dark shade flashing past alternately as we swoop up and down and round the curves of the hill road from Sonoma to Napa. Bark peeling off the madrones to show red trunks, bright flashes of yellow and purple and pink and white from wildflowers, tall redwoods and long streamers of moss and lichen dangling from branches. Eating peaches and cherries from the Calistoga market and distributing the remains out of the window hoping they'll grow (Mary Cherry (s)pit - think of me as a female modern air-conditioned Johnny Appleseed. Seeing the moon pale and white in the bluest of skies over the hills. Wines and art at Imagery where we see a huge yellow swallowtail butterfly and a bed of alyssum that's shimmering with bees and the precision line-up of insect eggs on a leaf. Scrambles for brunch and peach and blueberry pie for twoses (like elevenses but at two) and hills, hills, hills all the way down 680 to San Jose.

Mary on a Blackberry so pardon typing errors


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2nd Jun, 2004 03:40 (UTC)
That was lovely imagery, Mary. I miss the deep blue skies of Northern California and the myriad hills. As for:

> [...] distributing the remains out of the window hoping they'll grow (Mary
> Cherry (s)pit - think of me as a female modern air-conditioned Johnny
> Appleseed.

Good heavens! Those may be alien species you are trying to start. They could contain immicable lifeforms that would threaten the delicate ecosystem. BTW, the real story of Johnny Appleseed is quite a bit different than the disneyesque tales such as written here:


Johnny Appleseed aka John Chapman was shrewd (and kind) business man who:

Perhaps the most ironic twist is that though John Chapman never domesticated himself for very long in one place and certainly never had a home in the traditional sense of the word, he was no mere dreamy wanderer. The record on Johnny Applseed reveals him to be a careful, organized and strategic businessman who, over a period of several decades, bought and sold many dozen tracts of land in advance of the frontier expansion, and who developed countless thousands of productive apple trees throughout the upper Midwest[...]
9th Jun, 2004 01:53 (UTC)
they did say local produce at the roadside stall - but I guess a lot of what grows locally is pretty alien. We saw posters targetting the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, which sounds like a *scary* bug
9th Jun, 2004 04:12 (UTC)
Ah yes, the Glassy-winged Sharpshooter; this is a terrible little 1/2 long critter that destroys vines. See: http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/xylella/oss.html


2nd Jun, 2004 04:58 (UTC)
Sounds ... luscious!
2nd Jun, 2004 06:09 (UTC)
Gorgeous post. And it was lovely to spend breakfast with you. Thanks for taking the time to upload all those faboo pictures! I am enjoying them muchly!!! Have a great time in Big Sur! *MWAH*
8th Jun, 2004 10:46 (UTC)
glad you like them! having picked them out makes it one step closer to doing the illustrated journal one day ;-)
8th Jun, 2004 16:01 (UTC)
Great idea! I can't wait to see what you do with it! *bounce*
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