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THE LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE OF SAN BENITO COUNTY

JULY 13, 2018

A supplement to the Hollister Free Lance

Police in Pursuit transports lives through the joy of sport

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RACING EVENT All it took was one race to raise funds for Special Olympics and Hollister’s Sgt. Roy Iler was hooked and ready to start a team of his own.


POLICE IN PURSUIT Cops race for Special Olympics BY KIMBERLY EWERTZ

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very year for the past nine years, refurbished police vehicles line the quarter-mile racetrack at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. Each car is race ready and decked out in paint schemes and decals representing law enforcement agencies from Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Santa Clara and San Benito counties.

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The annual six-series racing event, Police in Pursuit, is a law enforcement fundraiser that benefits Special Olympics, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities through the joy of sport. Each participant—a sworn, reserve or retired police officer—must pay a $750 entry fee, which goes directly to Special Olympics. In addition to the entry fee, each racing team collects community donations, with the coveted pole position going to the racer amassing the most donations.Sgt. Roy Iler, longtime Hollister resident, father of two and a member of the San Benito County Sheriff ’s Office since 1992, attended his first Police in Pursuit last year. By the end of the race, Iler was ready to organize his own team, but first he had to present the idea to San Benito County Sheriff Darren Thompson. “I loved the idea,” Thompson said. “I love that our industry will step up and donate our own time and our own resources for such a worthy cause. So, I was immediately supportive of Sgt. Iler’s efforts. Law enforcement has a long-standing relationship with Special Olympics. So, we’ve participated in a lot of levels for years.” ➝6

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RACE READY The law enforcement fundraiser Police in Pursuit benefits

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That special connection began over three decades ago, with the first Law Enforcement Torch Run created by a Wichita, Kansas police chief in 1981. The event has been the largest grassroots fundraiser for all Special Olympics, and the only nonprofit endorsed by the California Chiefs of Police. “Now fast forward to today, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is in every state in the United States and is in more than 177 countries,” John Hohmann, retired Scotts Valley Police lieutenant and organizer of the Police in Pursuit event, said. Hohmann first proposed the idea of the six-series race to Ocean Speedway officials in 2010, and they were all in. “After the first race, officers pay $40 to race the additional five races,” Hohmann said. “Each officer is more than willing to pay the $40 pit fee to continue racing throughout the year. It’s our way of giving thanks back to the speedway for allowing us to do what we do out there.” This is Iler’s and his teammates Tony Weir and Frank Vierra’s first full season to compete in the race, and to collect donations for Special Olympics. “This race season I raised

$2,500 myself to donate,” Iler said, adding that a lot of people throughout the community helped out. “San Benito Tire Pros is one of my biggest sponsors. Emergency Vehicle Specialists, they donated stuff to help us. Barragan Insurance Marketing helped us out, gave us some money, and Pinnacle West Exterminators.” Halfway through the season, Iler is quite pleased with the team’s standings. “Currently right now we’re sitting in fourth place in points overall, which is pretty good; we’re doing really well,” Iler said, adding that July 27 is the next scheduled race. “It’s for a good cause and we get to have fun, and we get to help raise money for the special athletes,” Iler said, adding that the community is great about supporting the racers and the event. Sheriff Thompson believes the event also affords the community an opportunity to view local law enforcement officers in a new light. “It’s also valuable for people to see their law enforcement officials in their civilian roles, just being part of the society and part of the community,” Thompson said. “We’re the same as the civilians. We have lives, we have interests, ➝ 15


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WATER-WISE GARDENS Join Lisa Mc Andrews, who taught horticulture at Cabrillo College for 36 years, as she leads a free workshop on establishing and caring for a water-wise garden. This workshop benefits water conscious community members, new homeowners with drought-tolerant landscapes and anyone wanting to transform their landscapes to be water-wise. Drinks, snacks and free waterwise garden pamphlets and landscape plans will be provided. Saturday, July 14, 10am-noon at San Benito County Water District, 30 Mansfield Road. To register, call 831.637.4378.

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POWER FESTIVAL Celebrate clean energy, community and sustainability at the first annual Community Power Festival presented by Monterey Bay Community Power. Enjoy interactive booths, local vendors, community organizations, food and live music. Learn about solar power and clean energy, and explore a future without fossil fuels. Enjoy test drives of electric vehicles and test rides of electric bikes on Saturday, July 14, 10am-4pm at San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota Ave. Visit mbcommunitypower.org/ community.

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HEART TRIBUTE Heart tribute band Dog ‘N’ Butterfly performs memorable music of the ’70s and ’80s with unequaled accuracy and musical skill, complete with a stage show and retro-inspired costumes. Also enjoy an opening performance by South Bound & Company, a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Saturday, July 14, 6:30-9:30pm at Hollister Concerts at Pepper Tree Ranch, 500 John Smith Road. Visit hollisterconcerts.com.

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Children ages 5-13 are invited to take part in the 10th annual Gilroy Kids Triathlon. Participants will swim, run and complete a fun obstacle course with distances varying depending on age group. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, goodie bag, medal and best of all, a sense of accomplishment. The first wave begins at the pool at 8am. Saturday, July 14, 8-11am at Christopher High School, 850 Day Road. To register, visit tinyurl.com/ycwcvfsh.

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THEATER

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SO ‘LOVERLY’ San Benito Stage Company presents ‘My Fair Lady,’ July 13-28 at the Granada Theatre.

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Extensive costume collection and show-stopping millinery

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he costumes alone are a challenge—think of all those Edwardian hats for the Ascot horse race, and evening gowns for Eliza Doolittle’s debut—and then there are the voices required to effectively sing the show, from Henry Higgins’s “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” to Eliza’s “I Could Have Danced All Night” and her father’s “Get Me to the Church on Time” to Freddy’s “On the Street Where You Live.” “It’s a beast of a show,” acknowledges Derek Barnes, director of San Benito Stage Company’s summer musical at the Granada Theatre in Hollister. “The scope of it,

the magnitude, for some community theaters, is probably challenging.” The 1956 Tony Award-winning musical, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, tells the story of a phonetics professor who takes on the project of passing off a Cockney flower girl as a lady. The show opens July 13 and stars Robert Christopher as Henry Higgins, Isabelle Menez as Eliza, Johnny Moreno as Freddy and Ron Firstbrook as Alfred P. Doolittle. Christopher has extensive community theater experience in the South County, including George Banks in “Mary Poppins” a couple of years ago. “This was one of his bucket list

roles,” said Barnes. “He’s really kind of immersed himself into the character, trying to portray him as accurately as possible.” Menez, a Monte Vista Christian School graduate with musical and voice training, “sounds wonderful in all of the songs,” said Barnes. “She’s really taken on that role with great ease. She can switch from the Cockney to the very prim and proper Eliza very quickly. Her singing voice is just what we needed for that role.” Barnes recently saw an exhibit of the Ascot costumes on display at the Warner Bros. studio. “I was just marveling at how impressive they looked,” he said. He’s counting on costume designers Lois Kincaid and Toni Smith to tap into the theater company’s extensive collection of costumes to fill the stage appropriately, not to mention building some show-stopping millinery. Kayla Murphy is vocal director and Stephanie Hicks is choreographer for the show. “We wanted to figure out a way to hook the audience into a storyline that has a variety of different story arcs” and emotions, said Barnes, from “happiness to sadness to anger.” He recognizes the show has “some chauvinistic tones to it; a 1913 play about an egotistical male who thinks he can turn a woman into a proper lady.” The show will San Benito’s last major production at the Granada Theatre, where its long-term lease is up as the owner takes on some remodeling. “We’re in a decent situation here,” Barnes said. “We’ve been very comfortable at the Granada. Now we’re going to be out of our comfort zone.” Next year’s productions will be at several community sites. “We’re going to be a mobile theater,” said Barnes. “That’s how San Benito Stage Co. originally operated.” San Benito Stage Company presents ‘My Fair Lady,’ July 13-28 at the Granada Theatre, 336 Fifth St, Hollister. Tickets $12-$16. sanbenitostage.org.


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STREET FESTIVAL

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The Hollister Downtown Association is proud to present the 32nd annual Street Festival Car Show & Chili Cook-off. This year’s event features a full day of fun in the sun for the entire family, including two stages of live entertainment and music, more than 200 vehicles on display and the wildly popular Chili Cook Off. Also enjoy free watermelon, fabulous vendors, refreshment concessions, raffle prizes, a Kids Zone, free admission, free parking and more. Saturday, July 21, 10am-4pm in the Downtown Hollister Historic District. For information, Chili Cook Off entries or car registration, visit downtownhollister.org/street-festival-car-show.

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HOLLISTER PAINT PARTY Bring the little ones to Mars Hill Coffeehouse for an exclusive Mommy/Daddy & Me Paint Party. Parents and their

children will be lead through a stepby-step creative painting process and will take home two 11-by-17 canvases. Food and drinks will be available separately, and participants will enjoy answering trivia questions

during the event. Seating is limited; purchase tickets ahead to ensure attendance. Saturday, July 14, 10am-noon at Mars Hill Coffeehouse, 610 San Benito St. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/ y9mjmkad. CHILDREN’S CONCERT Don’t miss Grammy-nominated bilingual children’s author, educator and recording artist Jose-Luis Orozco in concert. Orozco has written three award-winning bilingual children’s books and performs concerts for children around the world. All proceeds from this children’s concert benefit the Little Bridges/Los Puentecitos Bilingual Preschool. Saturday, July 21,

10:30am at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 720 Monterey St. For information, call 831.637.7570. BAR CRAWL FUNDRAISER Don’t miss Hollister’s first-ever Mermaid Swim Summertime Bar Crawl Fundraiser. Enjoy drink specials, raffle prizes and games all along the swim route, and kick off the festivities at the first stop with live music, food, refreshments and a MerTastic Costume contest featuring a cash prize for best dressed. Hop aboard the free party bus charter to the next stop immediately following the costume contest, and to each stop thereafter. All event proceeds benefit Relay for Life of San Benito County. Saturday, July 21, 6:30-


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Workshop. This workshop features photography, art, writing and graphic design. Space is limited; register at the library by July 11. The Build a Book Workshop will be held Monday-Friday, July 16-20, 10am-1pm daily at the Carl Martin Luck Memorial Library, 801 Second St. For details, call 831.623.4687.

as this local gardener shares his passion for meat-eating plants. Also learn how to grow this alien vegetation in a backyard. Saturday, July 14, 10:30am-noon at Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road. Class fee is $10. For information, call Debbie Vasquez, 408.310.4254.

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CARNIVOROUS PLANTS Experience plants that are unlike most vegetation as South County Lifelong Learning presents the class, Meat-Eating Plants, presented by Charles “Chuck” Rambo. Learn how these plants extract their nutrition from unfortunate insects

AGRICULTURAL HISTORY Join Agricultural History Project at Second Saturday on the Farm, a free family event featuring games and grilling. Attendees of all ages will enjoy experiencing the good old days of life on the farm with activities including tractor ➝ 13

Experience Hollister’s beauty while running through the sprawling outdoors and enjoying a splash of color at the Hollister Recreation Wild Color 5K Run. Participants will receive a Hollister Wild Color T-Shirt, finisher medal and bag of color for the after-party Color Splash Event where attendees will enjoy music, food, drinks and fun for the whole family. Saturday, July 28, 7am. Race Start and Finish is located at 2360 Technology Pkwy, Hollister. For information and to register, visit hollisterwildcolor5krun.com.

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ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVING Don’t miss Fremont Peak’s expansive views featuring an informative media presentation and the opportunity to observe the night sky with a 30-inch telescope. Saturday, July 14, 8pm-midnight or later at Fremont Peak Observatory, San Juan Canyon Road. For information and updated program times and availability status, visit fpoa.net. BUILD A BOOK Children ages 8-12 are invited to build a book and tell the story at the Build a Book

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TOAST & JAM All musicians are welcome to Crēdo Studio for Toast & Jam. Attendees will enjoy meeting to eat toast and jam, and then hanging out—to jam. Crēdo Studio is a Center for the Arts that offers musicians a place to play and has a piano, drum kit and some percussion instruments available for Toast & Jam sessions. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own instruments as well. Drop

in for some toast and jam Saturday, July 14, 9am-noon at Crēdo Studio, 1 Polk St. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/yd8ul5ph.

Head outside away from the light-polluted city, marvel at the night sky and join the San Jose Astronomical Association for an evening of astronomy and telescope viewing. See the Milky Way and other objects such as the Lagoon Nebula, Jupiter, Saturn and more. Telescopes will be provided. Saturday, July 14, 7-9pm at Pinnacles National Park Visitor Center (East Side Overflow Lot), 5000 CA-146, Paicines. Visit, nps.gov/pinn/index.htm or call Pinnacles National park, 831.389.4485.

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im Slater has been making wine at Sarah’s Vineyard for long enough now, he feels he’s figured it out. An engineer by trade and an artist at heart, he’s a rocket-science level brain, with the capacity to simultaneously carry on multiple conversations on various topics, which serves him well at harvest time. When Slater bought the place on Hecker Pass in 2001, there were seven acres of chardonnay, made in an elegant, rich style. Ronald Reagan liked it enough to serve at a White House dinner in 1982. Slater, though, had a thing for pinot noir, sourcing it from some great vineyards while his estate vineyard came online. Then, in 2004, he heeded the call of the Rhone, planting counoise,

grenache, mourvèdre, viognier, roussanne, grenache blanc and picpoul blanc, which he says totally takes over his white blend, Jours de Joie. “A little goes a very long way!” Recently, he planted some charbono. He jokes he’d like to make fun new wines under an entirely different label. “I’m tired of people asking me, ‘Who is Sarah?!’” That, actually, would be Marilyn “Sarah” Otterman, who found the brand 40 years ago now. She’d be amazed to see Slater’s plans for his new tasting room, a modified Norman castle. Visit Sarah’s for the Friday night wine, dine and dance series, featuring gourmet food trucks, every Friday, 6-9pm, through Aug. 3. For more information, visit sarahsvineyard.com.


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11 Madonna County Park, 7850 Pole Line Road, Watsonville. Visit tinyurl. com/y7ydcx2x. AQUATIC CENTER Splash into summer with the City of Gilroy Recreation Department Summer Aquatics Program at the Christopher High School Aquatic Center. Cool off with a variety of ways to enjoy the pool including lap swim, recreation swim, swim lessons, fitness classes and more. Head to the pool TuesdaySunday, July 17-22, 11:30am-5pm at the Christopher High School Aquatics Center, 850 Day Road, Gilroy. Admission is $5 weekdays and $7 weekends. Visit cityofgilroy.org.

FARM-TO-TABLE BENEFIT

The San Benito County Arts Council proudly presents “The Art of Eating: A Farm-to-Table Benefit for the Arts.” Guests will enjoy a four-course openair dinner featuring gourmet food from local producers, wine from Aroma Cellars and live music. Guests are encouraged to bring their own artistic plates to the event. All proceeds benefit art programs throughout San Benito County. Sunday, July 22, 5-8pm at Herbert Family Organic Farm, 1941 Fallon Road, Hollister. For information and tickets, visit sanbenitoarts.org.

driving, wooden cow milking, feeding chickens and holding bunny rabbits. Saturday, July 14, 11am-3pm at Agricultural History Project, 2601 East Lake Ave. For information, visit aghistoryproject. org or call 831.724.5898.

EVENTS

REI CAMPOUT Join REI for 24 hours of fun in the outdoors of Mount Madonna County Park at the REI Campout. Enjoy a great community space including a camp lounge, trail mix bar and solar phone charging. REI will create a camp kitchen, gourmet s’mores bar and community campfire and will make morning coffee and pancakes. REI will create the space; campers just bring their food, tent and sleeping gear. Space is limited. Get outdoors Saturday, July 14, Noon-July 15, 11am at Mount

NATIVE TRIBES Join docent and South Bay cultural anthropologist for Chitactac-Adams Heritage County Park Robyn Houts as she presents a class on Native American Tribes and shares her extensive knowledge of this Native American history site. Learn about the first inhabitants of the South Bay and how they worked, played, fought and traded here. $10 fee supports Older Adult Services. Wednesday, July 18, 10am-noon at Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For information, call Debbie Vasquez 408.310.4254. JAZZ FUNDRAISER Support local music education at the Greg Chambers Sobrato Murphy Music Association Fundraiser. Celebrate the album release of MHUSD band director and saxophonist Greg Chambers while raising funds for

SUMMER DANCING Strap on dancing shoes and head to Dance @ Dunne, Fridays from May-July, part of the Summer Arts @ Dunne Program. Enjoy Zumba every Friday, 5:30-6:15pm, in addition to a new dance form each month. In May participants will dance the Hula following Zumba from 6:30-7:30pm. This program is free and open to all ages. Do some summer dancing Fridays, through July 27, 5:307:30pm at Dunne Park, 600 West St, Hollister. Visit tinyurl.com/yb2ocbu9. DOC MCSTUFFINS Experience “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit,” the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney’s Peabody Award-winning series. Families are invited to help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care in this interactive English and Spanish bilingual experience that provides opportunity for children to become comfortable in healthcare settings. This hands on exhibit runs through Sunday, Sept. 16 at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, 180 Woz Way, San Jose. Visit cdm.org. PARKS CHALLENGE Get outside and get engaged in healthy activities this summer with the REACH San Benito County Adventure Parks Challenge. This free game is hosted by the San Benito Parks Foundation and invites teams of two to four players to sign up and participate in outdoor adventures in any one of the regional parks with the winners receiving prizes. Take the challenge through Thursday, Sept. 20 at San Benito County Regional Parks. For more information, visit reachsanbenito.org.

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LIVE MUSIC Catch the explosive live performance of Dublin, Ireland’s ONOFF at GVA Cafe this Friday the 13th. Experience the original music of this power rock trio, now based in Sacramento, at this energetic show Friday, July 13, 8-11pm

at GVA Cafe, 17400 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For more information, visit onoffrock.com.

ART JOURNALS Join ARTICulture and special guest instructor Cindy Gillen at a special onetime class on how to make an art journal. Participants will be provided all materials needed to begin an art journal, and will earn how to use Gesso, Mod Podge, Distress Oxide Inks, stamps and words to transform an ordinary composition book into a beautiful piece of art. Sunday, July 15, 10am-noon at ARTI-Culture, 910 Monterey St, Hollister. For information and tickets, visit tinyurl.com/y8hgtmbw.

the Sobrato High School/Martin Murphy School Music Association. Enjoy a silent auction and CD signing. Cocktail attire is suggested; $35 ticket includes dinner and admission. Friday, July 20, 6-10pm at the Granada Theatre, 17440 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. For tickets and information, visit gregchambersmusic.com.

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SPECIAL FUNDS Sgt. Roy Iler and Sheriff Darren Thompson with their second-place trophy. The team’s efforts raised more than $30,000. accompanied him to his first Police in Pursuit and was blown away by it. “It was amazing! It was packed,” Doug said, adding, “We were in the pit along with all the other race cars and the Police in Pursuit.” “We actually drove mom’s car on the track,” Trevor added. Also at the inaugural race, a Special Olympics representative was presented a check for $34,600. Hohmann’s goal for next year is $40,000. “All the money raised by the event goes toward year-round training, equipment, travel expenses and participation in the summer games, which are free to the athletes and their families,” Hohmann said. Iler and his team plan to continue their participation in the annual races and give credit to the man who introduced it to them and the entire community. “John Hohmann is kind of like our leader of the pack, and he’s our liaison with Special Olympics,” Iler said. “He’s a great guy, if we didn’t have him we’d be lost out there.” Contact Roy Iler at riler@sbcsheriff.org, or call 831-902-5518 to donate to Special Olympics.

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we have cares, we have concerns, we have people of special needs in our lives and our families, and we have real-life attachments with the same struggles that everybody else has and the same joys.“ Thet Ocean Speedwaygt. Roy Darren their-I couldn’t be prouder of Sgt. Iler and the other people on his team, who spent so much of their own money and so much of their own time to participate in this event and contribute to this effort,” Thompson said. Special Olympics athletes and their families were invited to the inaugural race in April. “One of the special athletes went into the flag stand to flag our race,” Hohmann said. That special athlete is Trevor Lucken, 33, who started competing in the games at age 3 and has accrued more than 75 medals. For more than 15 years, Lucken has been a Special Olympics global messenger. “I would go to the community talking about Special Olympics and what it means to me,” Lucken said, adding that one of his favorite things about the Olympics is reciting the oath: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” His father, Doug Lucken,

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PURE PEACE The valley cut by Fife Creek and its tributaries in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve outside

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ver since last fall's devastating wildfires in the wine country and beyond, the region’s tourism professionals have been reminding us why we love the area and enticing us to return. This past spring, I attended the Outdoor Writers Association of California's conference in Santa Rosa hosted by Sonoma County Tourism. Choosing from the array of activities offered to us was a frustrating proposition. How do you select two from a list that includes balloon rides, deep sea fishing, kayaking the Russian River, a winery

tour, a visit to Safari West, golf, and on and on? I finally decided to put my day in the hands of a guide from Getaway Adventures, a company that can customize a tour by mixing and matching several modes of travel to a variety of destinations. Take a hike; visit wineries or breweries on a regular bike or an electric bike; kayak the Russian River or paddle among the harbor seals on the ocean near Jenner. While they will configure a day of adventures to meet your preference, our schedule was set: a morning hike at Armstrong Woods State Park and an

afternoon kayak cruise down the Russian River. The valley cut by Fife Creek and its tributaries in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve outside Guerneville is one of the few creases in northern California’s coast range where old growth redwoods continue to thrive. As you walk among these ancient giants, the soft duff underfoot and the dense forest canopy absorb every sound leaving only utter silence. This peaceful setting among immense trees melts cares away and dissolves any illusions of self-importance. Our guide led us out of the valley and up the East Ridge Trail to a drier and brighter forest of madrone and tanoaks, many of which had succumbed to sudden oak death. Star lilies, Douglas irises, and redwood sorrel persisted into late spring to brighten our way. The trail rolled along the ridgetop before we returned to Fife Creek curling through those ancient redwoods, a great 3-mile loop. River trips often bring to mind roiling water igniting passengers’ high-pitched squeals. Not on the Russian River in spring. No rapids, just the occasional riffle. Hunting osprey and wary great blue herons showed the way as we slid slowly toward Jenner and the Pacific Ocean. Piloting the kayak required only the lightest attention, an oar stroke now and then to stay on course. Pure peace. That evening, as the low evening light warmed the vineyards at Jack London State Park, I sat with other conference attendees under a sprawling valley oak while the folks from Stellar Catering brought us local wines and an amazing meal. Everyone I spoke to buzzed at the recounting of their day. Whether deep sea fishing, a hot air balloon ride, visiting Safari West or just drifting down the Russian River, everyone had a great time. The folks in Sonoma County are great hosts, and they are waiting to show you a good time.


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