Wine country, we are here

Trip Start Apr 03, 2011
Trip End May 08, 2011

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Leaving Los Osos, we intended to follow hwy 1 up the coast but a huge landslide had shut part of that route down so we went around on hwy 101 and then back tracked on 1 from Carmel so we could hike and stay overnight at Big Sur.  We hiked a couple miles out to the ocean at big sur.  Part way on the hike a couple warned us there was a rattlesnake laying on the path ahead.  Quinci immediately turned around but I managed to talk her into continuing (I told her rattle snakes only bit men) so we eventually made it to a beautiful beach without incident.

We set up our tent and had a great fire in our firepit, ate subway sandwiches, made several cell phone calls and then watched part of a movie on our computer before falling asleep.  Just like Mark Twain's Roughing it!. Next day, we visited Point Lobos which my other brother Ronn and shown me the year before. We then headed for San Francisco.  We lucked out and it was very clear out so for the first time in her life, Quinci got to see the Golden Gate Bridge without clouds or fog.....and it was spectacular

Then it was time to get to wine country. We decided to stay there for a few days so settled in at a nice downtown motel in Sonoma.  There is a old town square nearby with good eateries so we had pizza and local beer...Then it was time for a hot tub and some wine.  We carried our glasses downstairs and sat in the tub with some southern women who were on a long trip in a van that held 11 of them (yikes).  As we went to breakfast the next morning, Quinci pointed out that there seemed to be a trail of red wine on the walkways and she thought it must have been left by me.....ha, me spill wine-never.  Must be some other cltutz though yes though I was drinking red Zin.

Next day, we started our wine walk that we had read about in Budget Travel (thanks Ronn). We did it mostly in reverse of the map but got to 3 wineries and I think around 5 miles. Ravenwood, Buena Vista and Sabastiani-all good wine and a fun but tiring walk. Good meal at a brewery called Hopmonk started by a Monk who liked hoppy beer----no, I made that part up and have no idea why they call it that. Time to hurry back to our room so we don't miss any of the endless hours of the royal wedding.....oh, a big NOT! We needed sleep so we could continue our winery touring the next day. I woke up at 3am to Quinci watching the wedding.....crap.
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comment from Marty on

Glad you are well and progressing merrily through your first retirement jaunt together. I think if you describe the color and bouquet of the different wines, and then the more subtle variations of the beers and the consistency of the foamy heads, you will even wet my thirst more.Still cool and snowy at times up here. Carole and Keith and I, and once Carolyn, have been going down to the Bitteroot River to do some fishing and floating when the weather brightens a bit. Before long the rivers will be blown out, so we are getting some river time in while we can. Of course we take a good Zin along for the lunch breaks, but on the water we prefer a throaty ale from a local brewery. We DON'T toss the bottles.......I think. Hard to remember sometimes. Bluebirds, cranes, osprey, and eagles abound, though their feathers all get a little fuzzy after a while. It floats in the sky, therefore it is pretty.I've been working hard on finishing up the backyard, bringing in load after load of rock and dirt to sculpt in a creative fashion. It is just SO beautiful. You MUST stop in when you get back and share a brewski while we inspect the work. I think spilling suds on the new plants inspires their growth!I was supposed to go on a float of the Salmon River with Shadow on the 3rd for 10 days, but that just got canceled due to an illness. Oh well. I'm still trying to figure out my Alaska journey, but I should get the reservation very soon for the Arctic. It gets complicated. David Meyer is still coming out in a couple of weeks, but won't go up there with me to help with the filming.Thanks for the photos you sent, though I can't see them very well on the phone because my hearing is so bad......Kisses, hugs, lots of smiles, and of course,bottoms up!xx, Marty

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