Yesterday was a whirlwind day - San Fran tourism, lunch at Fisherman's Wharf, drive down the incredibly windy Lombard Street, a fantastic hike through Muir Woods National Park to see redwood trees, then a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to our final stop on the day, the sleepy little coastal town of Jenner, population 107.
|The coast: a view of Blind Beach from Goat Rock|
My beer for the day was one we picked up along the way to drink in our hotel room - the Raspberry Trail Ale from Marin County Brewing. It showed off an orange straw color, and was not as cold as it should have been (had been in a cooler bag in our car all day). You get a fruit aroma with a good taste of raspberries (go figure) and an earthy, dry finish. Nice summer beer.
|View of the river meeting the ocean from our room's patio. Better than a picture of beer, I'd say.|
Thing to Think About Today:
The beer was great, but the environment was even better - the River's End restaurant, where the Russian River flows into the Pacific Ocean. Great seafood and fantastic locally sourced (although not cheap) oysters. Plus, as good of a sunset as you're ever going to find. They have a number of cabins on the property, so we had a convenient walk back to our room after dinner and spent an hour or so on the deck drinking the aforementioned beer. Heavenly.
We managed to find ourselves in a spot that didn't have cell phone reception, light pollution, or any real noise. Only the sound of the gentle rolling of the ocean against the beach, which prompted us to sleep with our patio door open.
You'll never find this place by accident, but it's well worth going out of your way for an amazing experience.