Monday, August 10, 2009

Biscuit, Potato and Peanuts

Biscuit is Seabiscuit the famous longshot racehorse who won in the "Match of the Century" against War Admiral . He lived out his after racing retirement life at Ridgewood Ranch near Willits, CA and is buried there in a secret location known only to the family. We really enjoyed the movie a few years ago so it was fun to tour and see where he actually lived. We also "met" one of his descendents Sea Bronze.
That's the biscuit, now to the potato:

Next, home for a week was Bodega Bay. When we made a trip to Santa Rosa, (you already know, to buy the Target gift cards) we also did a tour of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank's home. We sorta knew about him, you know in school, but also learned that he was responsible for developing the russet potato so, if you like baked potatoes like I do, you are familiar with his work. A few of his most well-known achievements are the Shasta daisy, the Santa Rosa plum, Fire poppy, a spineless cactus for cattle feed and a white blackberry (not a success-people aren't fond of white blackberry pie!)

Like Seabiscuit, Burbank is also buried in unmarked grave on the grounds of his home.

Peanuts: Santa Rosa, CA was the home of cartoonist and Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and is the home of his museum. From a distance this wall art is just that, art. Walk up closer and you see that it is an arrangement of his Peanuts strips!
On the grounds of the museum is a beautiful ice rink...Sparky, as he was called, did not forget his Minnesota roots. The U.S. Senior Ice Hockey Championships are held at the rink.

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