i've never been to petaluma. but i think i need to go. we more/less drove all the way around it to start romance week. it seemed every road led to petaluma. as if there were no other concentrations of human activities that mattered. sort of an all roads lead to petaluma thing. there were very few franchise establishments where we were. mostly mom and pop shops that have been there forever. we stopped at or saw several places we stopped at or saw on our first honeymoon. the area didn't seem to have changed much. i bet there are starbucks and walmarts in petaluma. so maybe the road signs are there to indicate the direction of the civilization gradient. which is a useful thing. we wanted to be where we were.