Rem and I went to Sea Ranch last week and celebrated our anniversary and my birthday.
I can’t provide the sound of the surf or the smell of the salt air, but maybe these pictures will give you a feeling for our visit.
Day 1: Seagulls join our impromptu picnic lunch overlooking the mouth of the Russian River.
A pod (herd?) of seals are sunning on the beach.
27 twisty miles of Route 1 to go.
We chose to have our anniversary dinner at Saint Orres, a beautiful Russian-style hotel with dining room, cabin, cottages and a spa.
Rem had warm butternut soup with ginger and I chose the chilled coconut and pineapple. They were both wonderful although the chilled soup would have been better on a warmer day. Still, I ate every drop. A roasted pear salad was the second course, served on mixed greens with endive, with blue cheese, dressed with pear vinaigrette and garnished with a candied walnut. It was delicious in every aspect, beautifully made and arranged.
The entrees were very good but had the same flaw. Both plates had a side that should have been crispy but came out soggy. I don’t know if it was from sitting too long after being cooked but it was disappointing. Rem’s wild boar had apple latkes and my roast pheasant had risotto cakes with truffles and mushrooms. The rest of the entree was lovely with perfectly cooked little spring vegetables. It wasn’t the stellar meal it could have been but still a very nice evening.
Day 2: We headed further up the coast, stopping at Arena Cove in Pt. Arena.
We’ve been to the Pt. Arena lighthouse in the past but this was our first time to the cove.
Back in the car and continuing north, we stopped in Mendocino. Some strolling, some (birthday) shopping and lunch at the Mendocino Hotel.
We found a geocache along the bluff trail.
Next stop: Ft. Bragg and Glass Beach.
On previous visits we’ve taken baggies of beautiful, polished glass but this time we were returning some.
Than on to the North Coast Brewing Company. Rem enjoyed his Old Rasputin stout.
We shared a delicious plate of Calamari Fritto Misto with spicy aioli. It included thin slices of lemon and green beans that had been dipped in batter and fried along with the calamari and it was wonderful.
Heading back down the coast, we stopped at the Noyo River harbor, under the Noyo River bridge.
Day 3: A very low key and relaxing day. Rem set up his ham radio antenna, I started a giant puzzle. I think we both took a nap. It was lovely to unwind and not have any schedule.
One of my favorite things this time of year is a visit to see the new lambs in the Sea Ranch sheep herd.
(More sheep and lamb pictures here).
Day 4: My birthday! Another day blissfully reading, crafting (I’ll post about my crafting soon), and working on the puzzle. Rem contacted Japan, Columbia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Argentina, Galapagos Islands, Cayman Islands, New Zealand, Sweden, Russia, Alaska and Hawaii during a ham radio contest.
I got off my butt long enough to go down to the beach.
And said hi to the seals.
And visit the lambs again.
I (under)baked some brownies. It was a perfect day.
Day 5: We did 918 pieces of the 1,000 piece puzzle and called it done.
I went into town (Gualala) and browsed through the local bookshop, Four-Eyed Frogs Books. I picked out The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook as a gift from Rem.
This is a view of Gualala Point beach from town.
Every evening we enjoyed a fire in the wood burning stove or a soak in the hot tub, or both. The canopy of stars on a clear night is awesome.
Day 6: Our last day of vacation. Time to pack up. We made a last visit down to the beach. We repatriated the last of the sea glass on this beach covered with shells.
It was a very low tide so we did a little tide pooling.
Locking up the house I say goodbye to one of my dad’s baseball caps hanging on a peg in the entry hall. I feel close to him in this comfortable home. I feel sure he would be delighted with every visitor who stays, every fire in the stove, every meal cooked and shared, every walk enjoyed and every soak in the hot tub.
Thank you for your visit. It is much appreciated.