At the beginning of August, we headed for Cazadero, up north on the Russian River, for a girls' getaway weekend. Melissa's aunt graciously offered up her cabin to us, and we had a great time eating, chillin' and dancing on the deck.
Car one headed north on Thursday afternoon, and Melissa, Kasey, and I stopped in Occidental for "fine Italian dining" at the historic Union Hotel-it's been around since 1879. Get a load of this: entrees come with minestrone soup, a generous salad, and a variety of antipasti, including salami, cheese, olives, kidney bean salad (the best thing there, if you'd believe it), and bread sticks. Needless to say, we didn't make much headway on the entrees once they were finally put in front of us.
The next day, after a pit stop in Duncans Mills (population 175) for sustenance at Gold Coast Coffee and Bakery, we dropped Kasey off at her family's house in the Cazadero hills and then continued on to Armstrong Redwoods State Park. It was wonderful to get the landscape of Muir Woods without the ambiance of (too many) screaming kids and inappropriately dressed tourists in hoards.
The Parson Jones tree, below, wouldn't quite fit into the frame, as it is approximately 62 times my height.
That evening, car two arrived with Brittany, Gio, and Melissa's coworker/friend Katie in tow. We left the house soon thereafter and headed for pizza and live music night at Raymond's Bakery in "downtown" Caz. Nothing says Friday night like pizza and beer, you know? We sat at the aquamarine table. Just kidding!
The highlight of the evening was when Brittany sat down at the table, turned to me, and exclaimed, "Guess who's here?!" I couldn't imagine who we would know that would be at Raymond's, until she told me: it was our pal Lucky, whose pants-less escapades you may remember from Kristen's bachelorette. I was afraid what he might reveal if I got too close, but just know that's him, below, sitting all the way to the left. Apparently Raymond's is the spot to be on a Friday night!
The next day we headed to our favorite (so far) little spot on the river, loaded up with PBR, french onion dip and Ruffles, and pool floaties. What more could you want out of life? It was such a relaxing day.
Fast-forward to the evening back at home, and we were holing up for a night of BBQ, mac salad, and s'mores, not to mention games, lots of wine, private dances to Pony, too much fun with a selfie stick, and a follow-the-leader dance party that got out of hand in the best way possible (equal parts laughter and quasi-cardiac arrest).
Theme to the weekend: Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber, Where Are U Now.
It was so nice to have a lovely place to stay while we were there, and I hope we can go back again soon!