At Chanslor Ranch, a mile north of
Bodega Bay and about 75 miles north of San Francisco, we reached the point
that we had once rambled to from the south (back in
August of 2000), thereby closing a gap with respect to explorations of the
Pacific Coast. Having now reached Bodega Bay from the north, I
have covered the Pacific coastline from Neah Bay, Washington, at the extreme
northwestern tip of the contiguous United States, to south of Big Sur,
California... roughly a thousand miles...
In 1961 Alfred Hitchcock chose Bodega bay as the setting for film "The
Birds," and memorabilia was all about...
Japan Town and the great Isobune ("canal
boat") restaurant... the originators of the "sushi boat"...
We crossed the Oakland Bay Bridge to the Treasure Island naval base in
the San Francisco Bay, where we refreshed ourselves with
buffalo jerky and Revive Vitamin Water...
Golden Gate Bridge
On down the 101 toward San Jose...
At Chieko's house in Cupertino I held forth on guitar and Chieko and her
mother prepared a fine dinner...
Then it was time to say sayonara to Chieko-san and board the Coast
Starlight train at
Dridon Station in San Jose for the long ride back up to Seattle...
As the train left San Jose and rolled up the East Bay I could see Forth
of July fireworks displays all around, even from the San Francisco side of the
Bay. The last thing I saw for several hours was a somewhat blurry
image of Jack London Square in downtown Oakland...