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Monday, March 5, 2018
Tracking down lost
Venado is a spot on the map that may no
longer be a spot on the road.Once
located west of Healdsburg (Sonoma County) on Mill Creek Road, there still
exists an active weather data gathering station out there.For a time in college, I thought being a
weather prognosticator would be a cool job, and I still like hunting down where
these sites are often wondering why
these sites are.Coincidentally, the
human-interest column in Sunday’s local paper noted the passing of a woman, a
Venado area icon of sorts, who’d walked back and forth to Daniels School a
decade or so earlier than I walked to Rosedale (in Chico).That’d place her scholarly days sometime in
the late 1940s.
Edward!” I said to the lab-mix puppy who always wears his traveling hat, even
in the house.
School is out
there, maybe at Venado – or maybe just near Venado.There’s no sign marking the place name and no
sign of the weather station.But Edward
and I enjoyed a little adventure traveling backward in time from a hip and
urbane Healdsburg, winding along a picturesque creek, past farms and vineyards,
through sun-spackled woodlands and into darkening redwood groves.
more miles into deepening yesterdays, the pavement deteriorated, and the
buildings became notably more “historic.” We turned back only when the banjo
music in my mind became a bit too intrusive.
Press Democrat article on Venado: Interesting read although you may need to copy the link into your browser... http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/5092497-181/sonoma-county-community-of-venado