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Green Hills Of Earth Driving Tour and Lunch 2024 - FEBRUARY 18th
Sunday, February 18, 2024
Vintage Oaks Shopping Center Novato - Starbucks
132 Vintage Way
Novato, CA 94945
Registration is required before Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 12:00 PM
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Drive within your and your car's abilities
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].
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Green Hills of Earth Driving Tour AFTER LUNCH
Green Hills of Earth Driving TOUR
DATE: Sunday 02/18
TIME: 8:00-9:00AM -- Drive off at 9:00AM Sharp
This event will be held RAIN or SHINE
STARTING POINT: Novato near hwy 101 [parking lot in Novato Vintage Oaks Shopping Center just outside Starbucks] Join us again on the interesting and challenging roads in and among the verdant green hills of Sonoma and Napa Counties. Return route will be back through the Sonoma County hills and to Petaluma. NOTE: An organized lunch is planned, see notes below.
Printed maps and turn-by-turn instructions will be provided.
This is a rain-or-shine drive, so plan accordingly, [PLEASE check your tires, brakes, and wipers].
You must come to the starting/staging point for an up-to-the-minute route update, driver’s meeting, and to confirm your lunch registration. SEPARATE activity in your registration will be required for lunch. We are planning to gather in Petaluma on the way back at ACRE Pizza. It is critical you sign-up in advance so we have an accurate count for lunch. Please look for the additional activity listing and sign-up/pay for lunch there.
As always you may make your own arrangements for lunch instead of the group lunch if you prefer. Our intent is to get back to Petaluma for lunch by about 12:00/12:30pm.
--- inspiration for the name and the imminent/expected/hoped-for/overdue end of the NorCal drought ---
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