Highway 29, Calistoga to Middleton, California

This is off of Highway 29 heading from Alexander Valley Road, Calistoga to Middleton. This is one of the more curvy mountain roads, in northern California. At the top of the mountain is the Robert Lewis Stevenson State Park. Supposedly on a clear day from the peak you can see Mt. Shasta!

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park is the place where the famous author of Treasure Island and Kidnapped spent his honeymoon in 1880. Although nothing remains of Stevenson’s cabin, the site is identified on the trail to the summit.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=472

 

 

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Healdsburg Memorial Veterans Beach, Sonoma County

Train bridge in Healdsburg over the Russian river.
Train bridge over the Russian river, in Healdsburg, CA.
I have been visiting Healdsburg, California a bit more and exploring some of the neighborhoods.  I was driving by the river, and noticed the old train bridge.  I pulled over and ran down the tracks to take a couple of pictures.   I always drive over the car bridge, which in one of the pictures, you can see it in the distance.  That bridge crosses over at the Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach is a public beach for swimming and day camping of sorts, or picnics.   
View of Russian river in Healdsburg.
View of car bridge over Russian river, and Healdsburg Memorial Beach in Northern California.
View of Russian River and Healdsburg Memorial Beach.
Wine Goddess.
Wine Goddess at a local winery.
Wine Goddess of Healdsburg.

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Huge metal cooking pot looks rusted, and was part of the Olampoli estate.

Olampoli State Park, Highway 101, California

Pictured is a very old cement stairway to nothing, it's probably burned in the past.
Old stairway to a burned out building.

 

Olampoli State park is located right near the county lines of Sonoma county and Marin county.  This beautiful state park is just off the Highway 101 and isn’t far from San Francisco, or the nearby city of Santa Rosa, almost in the middle of these two cities.  Rolling hills and wine country could describe the area that surrounds Olampoli State Park.

 

 

 

 

 

This beautiful state park is so easy to miss off of highway 101 north of San Francisco south of Petaluma, CA. Believe it or not the rock band Grateful Dead lived here in 1966 and Janis Joplin has been known to have stayed here.

The grounds are amazing with beautiful old trees, gardens, an old fountain, and many historical signs explaining the history of the site. There are wild turkeys on the grounds also. If you prefer to just take a hike up the mountain you can do that too. There is also a huge Try Pot, which I included a picture about the history of this pot.

“The name “Olompali” comes from the Coast Miwok language and likely means “Southern village” or “Southern people”.

http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=22728


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Handmade cupcakes from Moustache baked goods and in the background, Mexican Train dominoes game, from my birthday.

Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg, Birthday Cupcakes

Handmade cupcakes from Moustache baked goods and in the background, Mexican Train dominoes game, from my birthday.
Delicious cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods .

I love Healdsburg, California.  A quaint, quite town and it’s a wonderful place to enjoy a day or two. There are lots of shops and places to eat, and quite a few wine bars. Very near is Alexander Valley which has a great number of wineries too, this road leads to Calistoga, and Napa Valley.  This is definitely wine country, and the spring time is a wonderful time to check out the area, it’s beautiful.

Mexican Train Dominoes game going, and Cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg.  Pictured cupcakes, meyer lemon, Red velvet, and two chocolate, with white frosting and chocolate frosting on each.
What more could you ask for?

Recently I visited the downtown area, and was looking for cupcakes for my birthday.  I found some and they were spectacular!  They have a viewing window where you can view the cupcakes while they are being decorated.  The only and they are delicious.  I love cupcakes! 🙂

They also have an ice cream shop and the ice cream is to die for.  Okay, not literally, no one should die to eat ice cream.  But it really is a must try in downtown Healdsburg.
Gourmet cupcakes from Moustache Baked goods in downtown Healdsburg, they have flavors like strawberry rhubarb, and Meyer lemon!
Cupcakes from Moustache Baked Goods in Healdsburg, CA.