The very first thing the wife and I did after an hour and 15-minute drive north from Fremont to Santa Rosa, the principal city in the Napa-Sonoma wine haven of the San Francisco Bay Area, was head for the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center.
Schulz, you remember, is the creator of the deeply loved comic strip, Peanuts, and its lovable characters – Charlie and Sally Brown, Lucy and Linus Van Pelt, Schroeder, Rerun, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, and of course, everybody's favorite beagle, Snoopy.
We'd tried to check into our hotel room, but it was 'way too early. But I'd anticipated that, used the GPS on my iPad Air2, and confidently headed for the museum.
Oops, I missed the off ramp for the street I needed to get to (it came up 'way too fast), and I ended up miles too far north before backtracking. Thankfully, there was an off ramp coming and we soon got there. Good thing too. This was a Monday and if we went on Tuesday, the museum would have been closed. Adult admission is $10, but seniors 62+ and kids 4-18 are $5, with younger kids free.
Gotta tell you, it's mostly comic strips – in display cases and on the walls, with special rooms devoted to Alice in Wonderland, sports, nostalgic photographs and the like. There's even a children's room where kids can learn how to draw and color the Peanuts characters.
Was it worth the long drive and the $5 admission? Hell yes. Enjoy my photos: