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Green Hills Of Earth Driving Tour
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Starbucks Parking Lot Vintage Oaks Shopping Center Novato
132 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Monday, February 12, 2018 at 12:00 AM
DATE Sunday 02/26/2017
gather at 9:00AM, drive off at 9:30/9:45AM - RAIN OR SHINE
START and FINISH in Novato near 101 [parking lot in Novato Vintage Oaks Shopping Center just adjacent to Starbucks]
Interesting roads in/among the green hills of Sonoma and Napa Counties
Lunch stop at Solbar in Calistoga on Silverado Trail at noon, afternoon return route will be optional
navigable route link and printed maps will be provided - bring your smart phone and charger!
DRAFT of route here [NOTE: COUNTER-clockwise this year, or ANTI-clockwise for Jon and Ruth]:
MUST come to start point for printed map and up-to-minute route updates - critical this year due to storm damage potentials.
MUST sign up here to have a seat at lunch in Calistoga [NO drop-ins please]
inspiration for the name [both this and the end of the NorCal drought - finally we can say this]:
The Green Hills of Earth
Let the sweet fresh breezes heal me
As they rove around the girth
Of our lovely mother planet
Of the cool, green hills of Earth.
We've tried each spinning space mote
And reckoned its true worth:
Take us back again to the homes of men
On the cool, green hills of Earth.
The arching sky is calling
Spacemen back to their trade.
ALL HANDS! STAND BY! FREE FALLING!
And the lights below us fade.
Out ride the sons of Terra,
Far drives the thundering jet,
Up leaps a race of Earthmen,
Out, far, and onward yet ---
We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth;
Let us rest our eyes on the fleecy skies
And the cool, green hills of Earth.
~ Robert A. Heinlein 1907-1988