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Green Hills Of Earth Driving Tour

Sunday, February 24, 2019
Starbucks Parking Lot Vintage Oaks Shopping Center Novato
132 Vintage Way
Novato, CA  94945
J. Hutson Hart
707-778-9032 (p)
Registration is required before Friday, February 22, 2019
Payment In Advance Only
Be safe
Be smooth
Be CONSCIOUS and READY for surprises along the way - possible mud, sand, potholes, tree branches, standing water, etc., [all roads on the route are paved, however].
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Green Hills Of Earth Driving Tour
Lunch At Solbar
DATE: Sunday 02/24/2019

gather at 9:00AM, drive off at 9:45AM - RAIN OR SHINE

START: in Novato near hwy 101 [parking lot in Novato Vintage Oaks Shopping Center just outside Starbucks]

Interesting challenging roads in/among the green hills of Sonoma and Napa Counties

PREPAID lunch stop at Solbar in Calistoga on Silverado Trail at 12:00, afternoon return route will be optional and interesting

navigable route link and printed maps will be provided - bring your smart phone and charger!

MAP of route to be released after additional reconnoitering is complete in the next few weeks. NOTE: We have decided to stick with the same route as last year. 

You MUST come to the start point for a printed map, up-to-minute route updates, driver's meeting, and to confirm your lunch registration.
You MUST sign up here and PRE-PAY for your lunch in Calistoga at Solbar [NO drop-ins please]. Cost is $40.00/person not including adult beverages. Your ARA Club is subsidizing the lunch to keep your costs down.
You MAY make other arrangements for lunch elsewhere in Calistoga if you would prefer and just join us for the drive, but I need to know this in advance, so please sign-up for the drive ONLY if this is you.
--> inspiration for the name [and the eventual future end of the NorCal drought; MAYBE we are there now????]:

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.
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