After a very successful residency (“We will have an opening next year. Please apply!”) at University of the Pacific, we drove to Mill Valley/Sausalito area to spend 2 days with our dear friend Clark (originally grew up in Logan). Clark has lived in the Bay area for most of his adult life. We met him about 5 years ago at a wine party when he was back visiting family in Logan. He works in the wine business as part of his retirement (Finance) managing wine bars in the Mill Valley and Tiburon area. We stayed at the Acqua Hotel, posh for us, on the Bay, adjacent to Tiburon on one side and Sausalito on the other. Here is a pick of the hotel, which had free use of bikes (we rode to Sausalito), wine reception every day at 5pm and full cooked breakfast.
The shot above is the hotel from the walk way that borders the bay. Here is a shot from across the bay in Sausalito, looking towards the Mill Valley/Tiburon side of the shore.
The pic above was after riding a half hour or so from Mill Valley to Sausalito, resting along the rocks just past the house boats. Clark lived/rented a house boat for about two years total, and as such, was able to give us a tour of the docks. This is extremely cool. The house boats often look like boats, but often look like real houses. They are built on concrete slabs that are hollowed out and actually float/rise and fall with the tide. There are dozens of house boats on each pier. Here are pics of several of the boats:
The pic above was Clark’s boat.
Clark’s friend Paul bought a house boat 20+ years ago. It is at the end of the dock and faces out towards the harbor. He has completely redone the boat and it is beautiful. We had drinks on the back of the boat, a tour of the boat, and then headed off to dinner in Sausalito. Liz and I will be attending the San Francisco Symphony next weekend, and visiting Clark’s wine bar in Tiburon. Paul insisted that we come stay the night on the boat! We’ll see if that works out. Another house boat dweller is Mark Lawrence, retired princ bone of the SF Symphony. He lives just a few boats down from Paul. Clark and Paul have known Mark for years, and I just happen to have invited him to USU to be tbone guest artist back in 2003. I hadn’t seen him since. Clark and Paul invited Mark to a bit of bourbon tasting, with out Mark knowing that I would be there. What a fun reunion of two old tbone friends. Needless to say, he was flabbergasted. Here are some photos of the event!
View from the back of the house boat:
Clark, Paul and I in the kitchen on the boat:
Mark, Clark, Kitty, Paul and yours truly.
As we ended our two days with Clark, he escorted us up the coast (on our way to Cloverdale) to Point Reyes. Coastal towns are a strange mix of hippies, down to earth types, wanderers and folks just trying to escape city life. Not much to blog about here, but there was a 1959 Studebaker in the weeds right in the middle of town. Studebakers are a bit sentimental to the Fallis clan. We had one back in 1963 or so.
We are now off to Cloverdale, about 90 min above SF on the 101. This is the heart of wine country and I plan to do a residency at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park. We have rented a one room cabin for 5 weeks overlooking the hills, Cloverdale and vineyards. A hammock, hot tub and grill round out the amenities. Wine tasting is on the horizon! Here are three shots from our deck:
It will be a rough April, but someone has to do it. I will blog again with news of wineries and trombone teachings!