Two days before leaving Pleasanton the Alameda Fairgrounds was inundated with Rvers arriving for the Irish wolfhound Club of America National Specialty competition. Penny the Pace was surrounded with these magnificent, sociable animals in all sorts of very large pens, tents and canopies. We couldn’t help but go for a walk and get a giant puppy fix and one 15-month-old male liked Phil so much, he nearly knocked him down rubbing his massive head against Phil’s leg. They are just a wee bit smaller than a Great Dane but with heavier bodies. We loved getting up close and personal with these wonderful dogs.
On Tuesday, we rode with Robin and Walt to visit a beautiful country estate featured on the PBS series named America’s Castles. FILOLI http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filoli is set on 16 acres of formal gardens surrounded by 654 acres owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is open for public tours, which include self-guided tours, guided tours, and nature hikes. The largest gardens are working gardens for the production of cut flowers for the mansion and for the growing of some vegetables. Eleven full-time horticulturists and over 100 volunteers who come weekly maintain these gardens. It was a cool overcast day for our visit but perfect weather to spend several hours exploring this lovely place.
To cap off our visit with my sister, Robin and her family Walt drove us to San Francisco and we enjoyed dinner at the historic Cliff House Restaurant. Our table overlooked the ocean and several huge rocks as well as the remains of the Sutro Baths on the north side above the beach. The food was expensive (Robin says about normal for San Francisco prices) but tasty with fairly large portions. Note to Roger: Phil had a hamburger that was a fair match to the one you had recently but no doubt cost a lot more! :)
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