Ride Off into the Sunset in Style
BY FERRON SALNIKER
PHOTO: DAVID COLLIER
We take Highway 1 past Bodega Bay to get to Jenner. It’s one of those rare June days on the Northern California coast when the fog sits far off on the horizon. The dried grass stretching from the two-lane highway to the edge of the Pacific Ocean is so brilliantly golden I think it might be beaming the fog away.
My friend, just back in the Bay Area after 12 years away, sits in the passenger seat. Green shrubs hug weathered fence posts as the wind whips through them and the blue-green ocean expands to its full vastness alongside us.
“I’m never leaving California again,” she says, and the white waves crash victoriously.
After we pass a tiny trailer with a hand-painted sign for fresh salmon, the hills and cypress trees fade out, the landscape flattens, the dried grass turns to purple and yellow wildflowers, and suddenly the emerald Russian River is flowing under the bridge we’re driving on.
The river springs from about five miles east of Willits in Mendocino County, travels 110 miles through Mendocino and Sonoma counties before it descends westward towards the Pacific … Read More