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24th World Congress of Poets, Day 5, December 1, 2016

Presented by United Poets Laureate International
DoubleTree Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
President Judy Hardin Cheung, Santa Rosa, CA, USA
UPLI President Virgilio A. Yuzon, Manila, Philippines Photos selected and edited by Judy Hardin Cheung
Photos taken by Dory Maganito, Loreen Abbott, Judy Cheung
These photos may be copied for promoting the World Congress of Poets, UPLI, and poetry in general. For higher resolution photos, please contact Judy Cheung at jhcheung@comcast.net

 

Poets on Tour

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Exuberant joy! Personal power! Unity with the universe! Run, jump, shout, and claim the world as your own. Orchestrate a dance of the sea gulls. Give this caption line breaks and you have poem. If joyful experiences are food for poetry, then on the fifth day of our Congress we had a sumptuous banquet.

One poet said on the bus on the way back to the hotel, “I think this is my favorite vacation, and it has all been in one day!”

Thursday, Day 5, December 1, 2017
All day tour of scenic Sonoma County

 

Ektimo Winery, a very small, prize winning private winery.

Korbel Champaign Cellars, a very large, world renowned winery

Picnic lunch in a redwood forest of Armstrong Grove State Park.

Goat Rock, Sonoma Coast State Park

The Tides

Pizza Party at Mary’s Pizza Parlor in the enclosed patio complete with fireplace

After the Congress, most poets went home. Some continued with small group or individual tours of our beautiful, poetic northern California.


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Our first stop was Ektimo Vineyards, a very small, private, prize winning winery in Sonoma County. They ship nationwide and overseas. info@ektimowines.com



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Ektimo tasting room: Hsiu Chuan Armstrong, (L) a friend of Judy’s, arranged the tour and gave us the printed wine list that was in our goody bags.


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Everyone had a tour of the warehouse with fragrant kegs of wine everywhere. The crush and processing season was over, so we did not see that. The goats were in a far pasture, so we could not pet them. Nick went into the closest vineyard to touch a grapevine and see it up close.



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We had two small busses. A large bus could not fit on the small roads to Ektimo and are not allowed into Armstrong Grove State Park. www.pureluxury.com
Buses for both of our WCP excursions were sponsored by Kay Renz.


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Our next stop was Korbel Champagne Cellars, a world famous, well established, very large winery. www.korbel.com



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Contrary to stereotype, most poets like to play and have fun. Judy and Shinko get their fingers wet in a fountain in the walkway between Korbel’s snack bar and tasting room.


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Korbel has a long and luxurious tasting room with a few free tastes per person, plus a substantial gift shop.



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Deep in a redwood forest, we had a picnic of Subway sandwiches and cookies with water and fruit from Safeway. www.parks.ca.gov


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Being deep in a very tall forest on an overcast day, the benches were wet. Some padded a bench with a box or plastic from our picnic food. Others stood.


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The redwood trees are some of the tallest trees in the world. Even with specialized lenses, the top and bottom of the trees can not be taken in a single picture. They need to be pieced together. The forest is like a cathedral. Birds and animals could be heard. Amelia, Allegra and Nicole took a 1.5 mile hike to Colonel Armstrong to see the tallest tree in this grove.
 


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Out of the deep, dark forest, into the bright light of Goat Rock at Sonoma Coast State Park. A light wind blew spindrift onto the shore. Waves crashed, charging the air with incredible energy.



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Peter Lee, Korea/USA, walks a plank of driftwood at Sonoma Beach State Park while Weilin Fang, China, watches his antics. www.parks.ca.gov


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Groups called to each other to take their pictures.



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Others quietly contemplated the majesty of the mighty Pacific Ocean.


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Our last stop was The Tides, a place to eat, buy souvenirs and see a little of the Sonoma County fishing industry. When Judy was a child, this jawbone was in much better condition. www.innatthetides.com



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Weilin Fang pleads; “I told her not to do that!” as Judy dives head first into a whaling pot that had been used to render blubber into oil.


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Haru Oba greets a seagull up close and personal.



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Friends were reluctant to have this day, and this Congress, come to an end, but all good things must end.


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Our last hoorah was at Mary’s Pizza Shack within walking distance of the hotel. Most were too tired to attend after our tour of Sonoma County, but about 20 of us gathered one last time for a shared meal. We had frequented Mary’s enough during the week that the staff knew some of us by name. www.maryspizzashack.com



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William Owens, Vacaville, CA, USA, joined us for our last WCP activity. We were all so tired that we could not read or stay up very late. We did enjoy hearing him read one of his poems after dinner.