We made it, we made it!!!!!
Trip Start May 11, 2012
23Trip End Jun 08, 2012
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We left Bakersfield at 8:30 AM and headed for Paso Robles. Again, the Trip Tic and the Garmin had a disagreement and we decided to go with the Garmin. It is easier to have someone tell you when to turn than have to figure it out on your own. Saves a lot of arguments, too. LOL
Getting to I-5 took us through Bakersfield and we got to see more of the city than just the Best Western and Mexicali Restaurant. Our trip was only 2 hours long, but it took us through some interesting countryside. We had to stop to take photos of a massive oil field with hundreds of oil well pumps on both side of the road, as far as the eye could see
We found ourselves in very fertile farm land. Flat fields of green plants as far as the eye could see. On the right, they went to the horizon and beyond, and to the left they extended to the mountain range that rose up in a purple haze…or was it smog? Who knows. But there were times when we could not see them at all. We saw tomatoes, onions, olives, pistachios and almond trees, and plants we could not identify from the car.
We stopped early on at a gas station and store that had a huge sign with James Dean painted on it. This thing towered above the store. And inside there were more pictures of him and a figure of him sitting on a stool at the soda fountain. We bought some pistachios that were grown across the street from the store. And I asked the clerk if this was James Dean's home town.
Soon after, we passed the intersection where the accident had occurred. There was nothing special there except that they had named it the James Dean Memorial Intersection, or some such thing.
We arrived in Paso Robles around 10:30 AM and checked into our hotel, and after lunch we set out to do some wining
Next we went to Pear Valley Vineyards. They were not dog friendly at all, and I stayed outside with Beamer while Steve went in. It was just too hot to leave him in the car. And every few minutes, Steve would bring a glass of wine out to me so that I could taste it. And Beamer enjoyed the pats of other visitors as they walked by. We bought 2 Red Zinfandels at a very reasonable price.
Finally we visited Biachi Vineyards, where they welcomed Beamer inside and he enjoyed communing with the other guests. There was a lady there who spent a lot of time patting him and talking to him, which he absolutely loved. And she told me, with tears in her eyes, that she had just lost her 17 year old sheltie, and we connected. We bought a Cabernet Franc and a Trevino which was TO DIE FOR. Incredible wine. Can’t wait to drink it.
We are now sitting in our hotel room, enjoying one of the Red Zins and planning tomorrow.