Napa Valley: Not quite old enough yet.

Trip Start Aug 09, 2004
Trip End Aug 29, 2004

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Sunday, August 22, 2004

So after our little glimpse of L.A., we woke up in Patterson and started North towards Napa Valley. We drove through more hills and listened to Rush Limbaugh. No seriously. In sort of a know thy enemy sort of thing, we indulged the fat drug addict. All I can say is: Oof. What a terrible, terrible assault on the ears. Seriously, curb your rage and listen to him for an extended period of time. Horrendous.

Now after listening to such complete crap you need to counteract it with sweetness. SO naturally, that means we stopped at the Jelly Belly factory to take their free factory tour. We waited in line for a bit then we got some Jelly Belly paper hats and went on in. We went in and saw how they made jelly beans, which was pretty cool. There are no photos from the factory, because they were afraid we'd get our own huge copper pots, huge bags of sugar and treadmills and make our own beans. Take my word for it, it was pretty cool. At the end they gave us free jelly beans and deposited us in their store (of course.) Being as we were in a store, we did what we should $15 worth of rejected Jelly Belly candy. Pounds worth. Including a few garlic and a few buttered toast which combined makes garlic bread. Jelly Belly flavors are so retarded.

After we finished up there, we continued on to Napa Valley. We checked in to our hotel, which was a close first to the Las Vegas hotel in luxury. After bringing our bags in, we headed to downtown Napa, where we proceeded to act like deadbeats. We had some really, really good Mexican food at this little restaurant, including the owner thanking us personally for coming in. Then we moved to a wine tasting. Well we paid $5 to trade swigs off of 5 glasses of wine. Classy eh? Then we walked around the Chef's Market fair, which is what passed for nightlife in Napa apparently. Seriously, we were way out of our league there. The highlight was the ridiculously awesome British Knights jacket I found in an antique shop. If it was not $15 and I could have actually worn it, I would have purchased it. The picture will just have suffice. We basically saw downtown Napa in about an hour, so we decided to head back down the highway to a miniature golf place I saw. Yeah, here we are in wine country and we go play mini-golf. I know a couple of out of their element. To add to it, we stopped back at our hotel where they were having a wine tasting. We didn't have wine but we grabbed a plate of little snacks and ate them before leaving, all without talking to anyone. Good times.

The mini-golf can be summed up in one word: owned. As in Celeste was totally. But it's cool, because she has kicked my ass in every little contest we've had on this trip. So there.

We then went back, grabbed some wine and some food and hung out in our room for the rest of the night. I'm sure there was a lot of great stuff to do in Napa, but we didn't do it. We still had a really good time there, but Napa was definitely not experienced as it should be. Oh well, maybe when we're 50.

We woke up to a free breakfast at 8 AM that they should have paid us to eat. Cereal, a crappy muffin and pancakes that Celeste said were "probably cooked on a hot plate in a closet somewhere." Still we ate it all. It's weird what free food you'll eat. We got up around noon and tried to figure out what to do. Considering what we found in Napa the night before, we headed to San Francisco.
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