His museum was wonderful, not only filled with fun statues and artwork, but some of the original comic strips from the 1950's when he began. It was really fun to see the changes in his drawings. I hadn't realized they "morphed" like they did! It was also fun to read and learn the history behind the names of his characters and stories, like every one's name is an actual friend of his. He said once in an interview, that to read his strip, is to know him, because everything he writes is about him, one way or another. When he knew his days were numbered (he had colon cancer) he discussed the future of the strip with his family (5 kids/2nd wife) and they all felt very strongly that no one could/should carry it on. That once he was gone, it was done. HE was the only one who had ever written, drawn or created Peanuts, so no one else should ever even try. (Merchandise, etc. however, was another thing!) So, now we only have "reruns", and that's how it should be.
The following day we had planned to go see Point Reyes Lighthouse along the Pacific Seashore...and wouldn't you know it...it rained! "Oh well", we thought, "we'll go anyway, how bad can it be?" So, we drove the 2 hours out there, from the 101 to the 1 then along the bumpy Francis Drake Blvd. All the while the rain kept coming down. The scenery was nice, with lots of moss covered trees and historic ranches along the way, but the road was rough and long. Well...we finally got there and found that you couldn't see the lighthouse from the parking lot (that would be to easy!), you had to walk another half mile, most of it up hill...in the pouring rain, to the lighthouse visitor center. My good natured husband didn't send me out alone (after all, I'm the one into lighthouses, he's not!) When we got to the visitor center, which was small, but warm, we found out that the lighthouse was still out and around and down several flights of stairs and down a path and out to a far point...in pouring rain and blowing wind! Well...I went out and around and took a look and decided that my camera lens could capture it "just fine" from there! We had done enough craziness already, we didn't need to do anymore! So, back into the little visitor center I went to "thaw out" a bit, buy a souvenir post card & magnet and tuck my camera back into my coat and take a big breath and head on back to the car!
Once we made it back to the car, we peeled off our soaking wet jackets and sat and ate our picnic lunch while the car heater blasted full on to help warm us up and see if it could dry out our soaked pants. While there, we had wonderful lunch entertainment watching couples drive in, park, start to get out, only to change their minds and get right back in again and drive away! Smart people. ;-) Then, we drove another two hours all the way back to our campground in the pouring rain again...
|Cows being moved across the street at the 1869 Historic E Ranch, Point Reyes National Seashore CA|
|Cypress lined pathway to the Historic RCA Building (c1929),Point Reyes National Seashore CA|
Dare I say that we should have switched the two outings? If only we had known...
...kicking back in Santa Rosa CA, Marie
If you wish to view the rest of the photos from this trip (I took much more at the museum!), you can at my Flickr account at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/74905158@N04/
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