June 3, 2012

Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

We headed for the wine country
of Napa Valley, north east on CA Rt 121 and Rt 29.  There are more than 100 vineyards in the valley,
and at least half have retail outlets with tasting rooms that are open to the
public, so how does anyone new to the area pick a vineyard to visit.  We cruised up Rt 29 and picked four vineyards
strictly on a combination of the name and the appearance of the facility;
however we only tasted wine in three wineries
They were Robert Mondavi Winery, Summers Estate Wines and Beaulieu
Vineyard.  After visiting two wineries,
tasting 6 different wines at each and purchasing several bottles, we determined
that it was time for lunch.  Although it
was 2:00 we considered it lunch, and we had a delicious meal at the Rutherford
grill in the town of Rutherford.   After lunch we visited “The Petrified Forest”,
a private facility that had on its land several petrified redwood trees that were
viewed on a self-guided tour of the property; this was one of those tourist traps
that was not worth the price of admission. 
Several million years ago a volcanic eruption occurred that leveled the
redwood forest and covered the trees with volcanic ash that slowly turned the
wood to stone through a change in the molecular structure of the wood.  Next we visited the “Summers Estate Wines”
winery for a wonderful experience where we met an employee that moved here from
St Augustine FL.  After this third wine
tasting we headed for the “Old Faithful Geyser of California”; another private
facility, but in this case it was worth the price of admission.  After waiting for about 30minutes we were
rewarded with a wonderful display of the power of mother nature, the geyser erupted
with a spray of water 30 to 40 feet high, that lasts for about 10 minutes, there
had to be tremendous pressure that propelled the water that high and for so
long.  We then headed back to the camper;
the ride was through mile after mile of vineyards on both sides of the road, up
the sides of the hills and filling the valley. 
It seemed as though every square foot of available space was planted
with grape vines, and the views were fantastic.

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Clare on

Was it legal to drive after drinking all that wine?? Hic! Sounds very fine.

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