It’s been raining solidly for weeks now. Living in a semi-arid state at the end of a three year drought, most of us want that rain to keep on coming. But it was nice to have a two day break. Yesterday was sunny and warm, definitely Springlike. (In fact, the thousands of tree frogs around here suddenly decided Valentine’s Weekend was a good time to start the mating season.) The forecast said today would be another sunny one, so I was up early for a walk to see the sun break through the clouds. I forgot that the Sonoma sun doesn’t exactly “break out” in the Winter. We have several fog channels that affect Sonoma, the Petaluma Gap and the Carneros up from San Pablo Bay. And just to be different and “Californian”, our fog doesn’t predictably come in and burn off. It hovers, then recedes, then rolls back in again until you don’t know what kind of day it’s going to be.
When we started our walk at 8:00, it looked as if the fog was leaving. Within ten minutes, just a whisp of it could be seen off in the distance.
By the time we’d hiked up to the vineyards, the fog was a thick blanket.
By the time we left the vineyards, the fog had pulled back down to the valleys and we were in sunshine.
We went to the top of a 200 foot cliff looking over the Western part of the property and watched the fog hugging the valleys.
After a quick check on the wine cave, we headed back home through the vineyards.
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