I tried to do the unimaginable and simply check the Sonoma County assessors maps for any information about the road Patty had discovered. Imagine doing something the easy way. The mystery is a little thinner as it is a single parcel of some 230 acres where this road winds towards the Russian River and joins Neeley Road. I would imagine this parcel was just a quiet and removed from the normal traffic of town in 1972 as it is today.
Patty and Farf talked a little more on line last night - we think its an old logging road through what is now a "tree farm." Awesome place to dump a body if you were so inclined.
Furthermore, Guerneville is distinguished in two ways that may have been attractive to The Family:
1. In the early 70's there were a lot of protests in and around Guerneville to support the conservation of ancient groves of coastal redwood trees. There are photos of people in circles ten to eighteen abreast, encircling these behemoths in tree hugging communion. Was RED among them? Patty may have to go back and see for sure.
2. Some of the largest trees are inaccessible to the public as they reside on the grounds of the nearby BOHEMIAN GROVE. Is it a coincidence that this logging road is very near to the beginning of Old Monte Rio Road, which meanders a few short miles to the fabled Republican retreat? Would there have been good pickins in the lush cabins during the off-season in the fall?
Patty is really damned CURIOUS.
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