Thursday, October 18, 2007

Weekend Round-Up: Rustic Life

I feel like I've been away for months, not days! Let's see...on Friday we picked up my parents, sister and Trent in the rain and went for Ethiopian food down the street. After our early dinner, we felt inspired and drove across the city for Irish coffees at the Buena Vista. Trent, Rob and I shared a table with a nice couple from North Carolina. My parents and sister shared a table with some fun San Francisco locals.

The next morning was a bit of a blur as we prepared for the wedding in our one bedroom apartment full with five people. Somehow, we managed to shower, polish silver and have a breakfast of blueberry pancakes before leaving at 10:30. My cousin's wedding in Sausalito was lovely and it was nice to see so many relatives. After the wedding, we went back to my parent's B&B on Guerrero to relax and share a pizza.

We left for Inverness on Saturday morning. Jean, in training for a marathon, ran from our house to Sausalito where we picked her up and proceeded north. My brother, Joe, and his son were already at the house on top of the hill when we arrived.

This vacation house
was just absolutely lovely and perfect. A huge living and dining room centered around a wood burning stove. 180 degree views down the hill of the estuary and rolling hills. Our three days in the woods consisted of:
  • Reading - At least a full novel each.
  • Enjoying the fire - Rob loved chopping wood for the old stove.
  • Hiking - On Drake's Beach and along the Inverness Ridge Trail behind the house.
  • Cooking - Spaghetti, omelets, popcorn, pomegranates, oysters.
  • Drinking - Coffee, cocoa, lots of good red wine & beer.
  • Communing with nature - We discovered the glories of pine needle tea and homemade cougar spears.
  • Hot tubbing - In that red tub with the great view.
We came back Wednesday morning in the rain. It was sunny and brisk in San Francisco. The city looked so welcoming and romantic. Rob and I spent the afternoon in our neighborhood, walking around and eating pumpkin ice cream.

You can see the rest of my photos from Tomales Bay here (Warning, they're mostly of the road to the house since my camera ran out of battery shortly thereafter)

3 comments:

love.boxes said...

That sounds like such a wonderful trip. What did you all read? Anything really good?

Pine needle tea sounds interesting too!

Ememers said...

sounds fabulous! can you post a link to the rental property so that your readers can follow in your footsteps?

MissEm said...

Here you go! It's called Raven's Roost of the VRBO website. it can easily sleep 8+ people.