Final Day - Sonoma to San Francisco Airport

Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
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Trip End Sep 15, 2012


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Friday, September 14, 2012

Miles driven: 59 miles
Total miles for the whole trip: 2190 miles

Late breakfast at Jim's house and then another walk out before we left to return the car to san francisco airport and to check-in to the airport hotel for the night. Our flight was at 07:00 the next morning. Even staying at the airport means having to get up at 4:00 a.m to get to the terminal for 5:00 a.m

We strolled through the backroads in Sonoma town with Jim near to his house. Stopped to say hello to some horses (presume they were on 'winter rations' of hay etc as there was no grass to be seen). These horses are used in pull 'vintage wine wagons' during Sonoma's town festivals and parades.  We passed the home of Mr Jacuzzi - not only owns vineyards but also invented the hot tub. Initially he thought of the idea for a 'hot tub' for his disabled son who found the hot waters good for his joints. We hadn't realised that Jacuzzi was actually the name of a person. 

Then on to see the local winery near Jim's house - Sebastiani www.sebastiani.com.  We didn't stop to taste the wine, just popped inside the shop to see the large wine vats and check the prices. What's the difference between vineyards and wineries? Vineyards are where the grapes are grown, wineries are where the grapes are turned into wine.  The originally Sebastiani came to Sonoma in 1895 from Tuscany region of Italy. He was a stonemason and quarried the Sonoma hills for cobblestones for San Francisco's streets. `He saved his money to buy land in Sonoma and started his winery. He also built many of the houses in Sonoma to house his employees at the winery. 

On the way we found the yellow californian poppy growing on a pathway. We had taken a picture when we crossed the border to California of a 'Welcome to California' sign which featured these yellow flowers (see Day 5). At the time we hadn't realised that this was California's state flower. Sonoma is also rich in olives and lavendar and has both an annual festival for both of these.  

Then off to San Francisco airport. Our last drive on the US101 Highway. And it was Neil's turn to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge as I had driven over the it the first time we crossed. Fortunately Hertz had a drop off location at the hotel where we were staying so we didn't need to make complicated journeys around the airport. 

2,190 miles driven in total - however I am not going to get into the debate here about the carbon footprint. And of course the mustang (with it's huge engine) was far less efficient on fuel with the roof down. To make up for this irresponsible behaviour Neil has suggested the next trip of a lifetime will be made from Canada across the Rockies to the Mexican border on bicycles....Perhaps not. 

PS We'd had a very smooth 15 days on the road, not met any lengthy tailbacks and the weather had been very kind to us. However leaving san francisco airport by plane wasn't so easy. We had a few delays. We were about to head off but pilot announced that there wasn't enough air in the tyres and a flashing alarm light on the instrument panel indicated we may have a faulty engine. So the tyres were pumped and the engine checked, paperwork signed off and we moved out to runway. Then captain came on again to say that they were having problems tallying the passenger count. We either had too many, or not enough passengers on board. So we had to be towed back to gate so they could sort it out. Then there was a power cut at the gate so they couldn't work the computers. About 90 mins later we were off home. Eventually. 
 
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