We stayed on that back road to get back to Napa and oh my, it was lovely. I would have to relent and say that it would be difficult to decide if Napa or Sonoma were lovelier than each other. Once you get off that heavily trafficked and touristy main road in Napa, you find some beautiful scenery.
I won't bore you with the rest of Wednesday. We made our way to the airport with no mishaps (below is my attempt at getting a pic of the Bay Bridge as we were crossing it) and I went through the angst of picking up my rental car which took I think around 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Made my way out of the airport like I had been doing it regularly and was feeling real smug but unfortunately by now it was around 4:00 p.m. or a little after and I spent I would guess at least two hours inching my way away from San Francisco which made me arrive in Carpinteria much later than I had originally planned.
But my hostess (whom I had never met but became acquainted with through the wonders of the internet, welcomed me very graciously and tomorrow I will finally start posting about my very pleasant days here in Carpinteria and my pleasure at getting to know Marlene and her husband Bill in person.
Good night to all and if you find getting to sleep difficult, just find a place near the ocean and leave he windows open - the sound of the waves coming in works like a charm (and now you are all hopefully quite envious!)