Red Bluff sure sounds pretty. Petaluma is about an hour from San Francisco I think. I don't know anything about the area but it is okay. All I see and smell are cows and deer. Where I live is more farm area, but downtown Petaluma is nice. I lived in a small town in Ohio before coming here which was so small. I do miss living in Chicago though, there were so many places to go and it was much easier to travel and shop.
I wish I could visit Red Bluff, you gave such a good description/history of the place. Maybe I will see it someday.
I don't usually shop at yarn store seeing as I have a hard time spending a lot of money. If I want to buy wool yarn then I use knitpicks.com, but usually I use acrylics so I go to Michaels and use either Caron Simply Soft or Caron Perfect Match. I would love to buy luxury yarn but I just couldn't bring myself to it. But knitpicks is as good as I get and I really do enjoy their yarn.