Monday, August 20, 2012

Day Tripping On The Sonoma Coast

 We took a detour on our way home yesterday, meandering through the back roads and little hamlets of Guerneville, Monte Rio and Bodega.

 The Russian River is the main attraction in Monte Rio and has been for years, as people come here and rent vacation cabins for a week or just play in the river. 

 Standing on the bridge, the river scene reminded me of a movie, set in the 60's.
I was also reminded of my childhood in Oregon, with summers spent swimming and sunning on the Siuslaw River.

 Leaving the Russian River, we headed through the redwoods towards the little town of Bodega.

Just a few miles from Bodega Bay, this quaint town had two antique stores to make it worth the long winding road to get here.

This one looked promising...

 I spied a set of red vintage majolica plates collecting dust on the back shelf in one of the stores.
These are pretty rare, so of course I bought them for the tablescape in my head!

 Mr. A wanted to buy the enormous Elk trophy, but I "reeled him in" on that one!

 There is something special about Bodega...
That's right.  The Hitchcock movie, The Birds was filmed here!

 There's even a life-size statue outside the local general store of Alfred Hitchcock!

 Really weird!

 More Birds memorabilia inside the store.

This movie made me never look at birds the same way again.
To this day, if there are too many of them, I feel uneasy!

A few miles away, we toured the foggy Bodega Bay with too many birds for my liking.
That's when we called it a day and headed back home.

 This morning, the small red cabbage leaf plates were looking really pretty on the dining room table.

Oh, and the brown McCoy pitcher too, found in Guerneville!

When was the last time you took a detour home?
You never know what treasures and adventures await....

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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love that part of the country, there is always so much to see and so many fun little towns. Love the new plates. Hugs, Marty

Bonnie said...

Looks likes fun day. Love the cabbage plates and cute pitcher, Look forward to your tablescape.

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

The 'Birds' scene which haunts me is all the people shouting behind a plate glass window at the man with the cigarette at the gas pump. Remember, he looks up, he puzzles, then throws the cigarette down into the gas...

Love the plates, I bet you'll find more now!

Kathysue said...

I love day trip'n!! You found some fun treasures. I remember camping on the Russian River when I was just6 years old!! We actually have movie film of it!! Good memories,

Sarah said...

Memories! We've driven the country roads around Guerneville. One of my favorite pieces of art in our home is by Gail Packer, entitled Trenton Road Farmyard. That area around the Russian River is splendid. Thanks for taking me back, Delores.
Love your latest pottery finds!

Terri~terrileeauthor said...

Thanks for the little excursion. I think I've mentioned to you before, but that area of CA is where I grew up. Many a summer day of fun spent at the Russian River. Guerneville and Bodega Bay....memories of my childhood come rushing back when I hear those names. Happy times.

Pura Vida said...

I love your new red plates!

The Cranky said...

Lovely to see this, it's been years since I've been in that area!

The Tablescaper said...

Wandering is the best way! Lovely purchases.

- The Tablescaper

Brooke said...

So pretty out there! It might be fun to take a canoe out, on the Russian River!


Libby said...

We have driven past the Russian River and those idyllic scenes so many times...always wanting to stop and get out and rent a boat. So now you've got me thinking... next time we're there this will be a "must do"! And, love the fog on Bodega Bay: we spent a really lovely week out there a few years ago.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Joe and I are WAAAY overdue for a nice day trip! We haven't done that this summer and I NEED one!!! Thanks for taking us along with you. LOVE the red cabbage plates! XO, Pinky

Leslie said...

I have fond memories of beautiful part of the country and long to go back. Great photos.. what fun pics of the antique store!


cindy hattersley design said...

Love your plates! That birds movie made me scared to death of birds as a child. Too funny!

Jaybird said...

My sweet husband and I have more detours than planned adventures!! It's wonderful and we see lots of things that we would have missed if we "planned" our escapes :^)
I love your plates AND your beautiful pictures!

carolyn bradford said...

If I don't get back to California soon I don't what I'm going to do! It really is a must and I need to make sure that it happens! Loved these pics! Loved the movie The Birds…it used to be so scary to me when I was young! Probably still would be for that matter! Loved seeing this!

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