Cross Roads Inn
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... buy any wine, though, or sign up to their Wine Club. Efron, our tour guide and driver talked knowledgeably all the way out, but he was quite bossy and very strict about getting us back on the bus on time. Latecomers suffered his wrath and incurred a lecture on timekeeping and why it was important to keep to time on a bus tour when we have appointments to keep. That's all well and good, but we're tourists and time isn't important to us. He could have afforded to chill out ...
... career that's still moving forward. She's regularly on tour with her band, The Bluesiana Trio, and still recording. The highlight wasn't "Midnight At The Oasis", but rather some new folk/rock tunes in which she was able to show a strong and versatile voice that can still hit the hight notes. We leave impressed with her energy, her committment to her music and fans and hope that at her age we still have a similar joy for life.
Back to the coach and Danica/Matt headed home to attend another party. Oh, for the stamina of YOUTH--I remember the day. I, on the other hand thought a nap might be in order and my trusty companion Aragon concurred. Later in the afternoon my 'partner in crime' Peter T. Mowry and his lovely wife Judy called to say they had made it through the bowels of LA and were not far from Bakersfield where they were going to ...
... looks like a 300 year old Tuscan mansion, complete with trees growing into the sides of the building, gnarled grapevines wrapping around banisters, and panoramic views of both Prichard hill (where $1000 bottles of Cabernet are born) and his awesome gardens. Pat and his wife live on the estate in a gorgeous-looking home camoflauged by ancient trees and landscaping, and they even are somewhat sustainable when it comes to their food -- there is a pen of sheep, rabbits, ...
... this must be where the money is). The light rain in the air reminded me of when I lived on the West Coast. This was the type of rain that you know will eventually go away - generally in three to four months. Well, when you are handed lemons, get out the salt and tequila. The strategy was to dress properly, adjust speed and enjoy. Riding along this route felt like 'old home week'. Passing the estates of my old friends such as: Robert Mondavi, Opus One, ...
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