Where’s She Been?? June In Northern California

June mornings in Los Angeles are usually a bit of a drab affair. The locals call the gray marine layer shrouding the coast before noon “June Gloom”. What better time to schedule a bit of fun?

Fishing at Lake Irvine in Orange County was a good bit of relaxation. One trout didn’t go to far for dinner, but the pontoon boat ride around the calm waters and seven for company made a wonderful retreat.

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                                                                                  Images by C London

Six hour drive up the coast and I arrived at my old stomping grounds in San Francisco’s east bay. Friday night book signing at Borders was a hoot. Old friends and new mingled, chatting about the old days at school as well as the opportunity to meet new friends.

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The very next evening twenty miles to the north, I had the opportunity of moderating a fun panel of five romance authors. The crowd was interactive and lively with lots of questions and enthusiasm. If you ever have the chance to attend such an event—do. Lots of interesting stories of publishing, writing and all the events that surround this roller coaster world of writing were shared. The readers were so excited!

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(Karin Harlow, Rachael Herron, Joann Smith Ainsworth, Patricia Simpson and yours truly pose for press coverage afterwards)

Two hours further north, and we arrived at Duncan Mills, a small enclave along the gorgeous redwood forested Russian River. Ribbons of fog grace the giant treetops and once a year the rodeo comes to town.

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All images by C London

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The most southerly settlement of the Russians is a short, winding drive hugging the rugged cliffs along a rock-studded sea. Fort Ross is an attraction for local history students as well as those who wish to have a glimpse into California’s pre-statehood days of the early eighteen hundreds.

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What better way to wind up than a tour of the beautiful Korbel Champagne vineyards? Jackie Kennedy’s favorite “Natural” was our favorite too. Dry crisp and complex, it was stiff competition with the magnificence of the Redwood surrounds.

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All Images by C London
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