Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Only Bear in the Woods
Does anyone know the name of this bridge and where it is? I'll give you a hint: the name doesn't describe the bridge's color -- that's orange. Even before the bridge was built; even before gold was discovered in California; an American explorer described the bay it crosses -- which flows into the Pacific Ocean -- as a "golden gate" for trading routes to Asian countries across the ocean.
Yes, it's the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco -- one of the most famous bridges in America. And Miss Elaine and I crossed the bridge on the way to Healdsburg, which is a bit more than an hour's drive north of the city.
Then Miss Holly brought out a cradle basket and let me sit in it. The basket was made of willow a hundred years ago -- but it was still strong.
This was Miss Elaine's favorite spot. The trees here grow in a natural circle. People named it Burbank Circle after a famous botanist who lived in Sonoma County. In the middle of the circle were wide benches where people could lie down and look up at the trees. Miss Elaine did -- and she took this picture.