Entering California through the produce inspection station was not the greatest greeting, but a few miles down the road we were properly welcomed to the state by the Redwood National Forest and its Trees of Mystery, a tourist attraction which offers a view of the giant trees from above.
After camping under and between these coniferous giants we decided we would not miss the opportunity no matter the weather.
A 1/4 mile hike in the rain allowed us to bond in our plans for our forthcoming weekend wedding. Especially after standing under the cathedral of redwoods. During the SkyTram ride the forest encompassed us and the heights were hidden by the moisture and the greenness around us.Departing the forest through the lakes area, we got glimpses of the California drought. Water levels were low on lake after lake.
|special touches for us|
It was nice seeing friends we hadn't seen in several years. They were so willing to help us make arrangements for our wedding. We introduced their two dogs to our two dogs and they all got on fabulously. We were a little worried as Frances feels threatened as acts aggressive when on leash and their dogs had some aggressive episodes with each other. The four of them fell into their roles and there were only a few occasions when one mom or the other had to tell the kids whose boss.
Friday was dress shopping and license day, during our Washington visit, Kathy's mom had commented that a print dress wasn't for a wedding. I went out looking for another dress but didn't find one. I was frustrated and decided to show the dress to Kathy. She liked the nod to the dress I was wearing on our first meeting. Decision made. The Michael Kors navy and tan dress purchased in Washington would be my wedding dress.
Saturday was tourist time. Kathy had never walked a corn maze or selected a pumpkin still on the vine. I felt like a kid wanting to run in the fields. Instead I walked hand in hand with the woman I love. Later our hosts drove through the southern part of the county to another vineyard for wine tastings. That evening they created a wonderful homemade dinner that we all enjoyed.
We were showed up a day early for our visit and weekend wedding. Melanie and Dara our witnesses and hosts had arranged that another friend Rhonda officiate our service. Rhonda was so excited she decorated the guest apartment with rose petals, wine, and champagne. We loved all the romance!
|Thanks for officiating Rhonda|
and on to Castro for lunch.
|Melanie our personal tour guide or friend just along for the honeymoon.|
|The Women's Building|
|Dresses from the first lesbian wedding|
We headed back "home" and found the best Mexican restaurant in the state of California. Of course it was called Abuleta's, and yes grandma was doing the cooking. When we go back to California we are going there.
|Dara and Melanie our besties and hosts|
We left California via the road to Reno. We really had no idea Lake Tahoe was in California let alone so beautiful. A total tourist community, Lake Tahoe was beautiful and accommodating. We only stopped for groceries before crossing into Nevada but given the opportunity we want to go back for a real visit.