How far “westernly” you are is apparently very important.
“Next door to Willits, two towns that sound like diseases you don’t want.”
Where the community mostly preserved its downtown, but lost its post office.
I’m not sure what happened to its mural.
But the once-public building sits vacant and for sale, mostly hidden behind a cheap green fence. Replaced by …
With a father who clearly remembers being able to ride in the back of a pickup. (It’s fun; I remember.)
And where if you know to avoid the
standard drunkard’s Independence Day tasting, you’ll enjoy the wine. Make sure to request the Red Hen Chardonnay and Mast Ranch cab. The latter is especially useful for expensive good cheer.
Martinelli winery is worth a visit if you want delicious, albeit expensive, wine. You should sit in the back room of an old hop barn for a private tasting. Apparently I was distracted, as my camera sat neglected.
DeLoach winery, on the hand, has no personality, in either the wine or the people. One might hazard a guess that the mysteriously scentless wine has cleansed out the last vestiges of spirit from the sommelier. How does one even make wine without any aromatics? Impressively flavorless. The scenery is pretty, but I wouldn’t want to tempt you to go there by providing a picture.
Every good road trip involves unplanned destinations, I’m told. After arriving at a trailer repair place in Willits that stopped working on trailers 8 years ago, a rather apologetic fellow provided me with an ordered set of two business cards.
As it happens, the ordering was correct, given that Phil of Parshey’s worked me into his schedule the next morning, and would have seen me earlier if his workshop and parking lot weren’t already full of trailers. Phil also told me of a nearby fairgrounds to spend the night in Ukiah. The second shop never bothered to call me back.
Upon reflection, I think perhaps the appearance of the business cards should have clued me in.
Since I’m on the subject of trailer repairs, I’ll also point out that Vinnie’s Northbay Airstream repair in Santa Rosa is excellent (and another one-man shop).
The Arb. Where you can mistake three birds for two.
But not so much my RV space. Goodbye, Davis.