EARTHQUAKE!!, HeliTac, Hollister Micro Brew
Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
52Trip End Oct 01, 2013
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UPDATE--EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!!!!!: We have experienced our FIRST (and hopefully LAST) California earthquake. Now, we KNOW we are basically following the San Andres Fault ever since we entered CA and will be continuing along the fault up through the next couple of weeks as we travel north-BUT we had hoped any seismic activity would wait until we LEFT California. But in the evening the motorhome started to gyrate and 'thump'--at first I thought it was just Aragon bumping the furniture, then I thought maybe the RV jacks were failing and letting us 'down'. After what seemed like forever, but was actually probably only 6 to 10 seconds, it stopped. I went outside to be sure the jacks had not slid off the blocks and a neighbor was doing the same thing. He said to not be surprised if there were aftershocks
OK, now for the pictures of the HeliTac firefighting unit we stopped and visited yesterday as well as our NEW favorite Brew-bar in Hollister CA. On our way back from the Rock forest we stopped where we saw a helicopter sitting out in a pasture in basically 'no where land'. It looked like a Vietnam era chopper and later we found out the 'air frame' basically was from the Vietnam era, BUT all the 'other' things had been replaced: like a souped up Cobra engine, new types of skids, new interior, foam carrying skids, 300 gallon collapsible water bucket and belly hook to carry it, and seating for 6 to 8 FireTac firefighters who would go down ropes to join in a fire fight, as well as a pilot and a Captain. The young firefighter giving us the 'walk through' compared the chopper to a '69 Camaro bodywise, but one that had a 427 dropped into it, with a beefed up tranny, new paint, 4-11 rear-end, and hi-tech tires. Got the picture?
Anyway, I digress--we drove into the driveway and I rolled down the window and snapped a picture about the time a guy in a uniform came out to the jeep. I figured he was going to run us off but instead we found out he was the Captain and wanted to know if we'd like one of his firefighters to give us a full tour UP CLOSE of the FireTac chopper
Bonna got on the "Around Me" app on her iPhone (once we were back into coverage-Verizon is KING here, as in most places, so our ATT phones sucked until we got near a larger town) just outside of Hollister and found a new 'micro brewery' listed. We plugged it into the trusty GPS and found the Hollister Taproom and Brewery. All seating was on steel stools and we found out they had only been in business for 8 months. Since you probably expect a 'food' report from me---my 1/2 lb pub burger was ABSOLUTELY the finest tasting morsel I've EVERY consumed, and those of you who know of my love of burgers know that if this is the BEST I've ever had---then that's saying something
As to TODAY--it was an easy day in camp catching up on some clothes washing and computer work then we took a jaunt over to Gilroy and checked out 'all things garlic' and boy that is a LOT of stuff--including ICE CREAM. We had a fantastic experience drinking garlic wine, then topped off the day with a GREAT Italian meal of chicken parmigiana and Lasagna at Johnny Carinos, a place we used to enjoy in Farmington NM.
Today was wash day and I'm reminded how humidity affects the time it takes clothes to dry! Harlan paid some bills and tended to Aragon, who was worn out from our early morning walk (Aragon not Harlan--well maybe BOTH of them). He’s not a great fan of humidity either.
We made plans to spend the afternoon in Gilroy and have dinner there
Just down the road was Rapazzini Winery and their tasting room was still open. Lucky for us, we were the only customers at the time and Adam Pagnagni, the tasting room manager welcomed us. We told him what we liked and that we’d like to also try the Almond Champagne that was listed on the board. Of course, we liked the most expensive red, but found the more reasonably priced one was a close second. Then the fun began. Chateau de Garlic wine, see I said it can be used as an ingredient in almost any food… Adam told us to taste the wine first, eat a cracker smeared with garlic butter, then taste the wine again, and it’ll leave an aftertaste of pizza. A strong garlic aroma wafted up when he poured it into the glass…..I was wondering just what we were getting into, but we followed directions and YES, it did taste like pizza…but the best was the garlic butter! We were ready to buy jars of it, but unfortunately they were out of it
The next wine was a sweet dessert wine, Apribella, an apricot and peach recipe, that was delicious and refreshing. Add to that the Almond Champagne to make a bellini and we were in champagne heaven! Wellll, we just had to buy a few bottles of the above mentioned wines and also the red selection….I can’t wait to enjoy a bellini…maybe this weekend.
We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant. We always enjoyed this restaurant when it was in New Mexico and it didn’t disappoint. The portions are gigantic, so we’ll get to have a second meal with the boxes we brought home.
EARTHQUAKE!!!! As I’m writing this it’s about 8:50 pm and the motorhome started rocking and shaking. At first we thought it was Aragon moving around, but then realized there was too much movement for him. It lasted for 5 or 6 seconds, but seemed much longer! Harlan went outside and there were others standing around. A neighbor said there may or may not be aftershocks. Great! Harlan found the USGS site and it was already listed as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake. The San Andreas Fault is west of the RV park. As we were leaving Pinnacles yesterday, I read aloud that the fault lies to the east of the park. Harlan wasn't listening because he's looking at the map and sees that the fault is just to the east of the park. That'll teach him to listen during a teachable moment! Yikes!! That’s as strong of a temblor that I wish to experience, thank you very much.
Hope we have a quiet night!!