I posted the California photos yesterday. (This is where you’ll see that I need to go on a diet.) Just go to the Photo Albums page on our web site and make sure you pay attention to the password once you get there. Most of the photos are of nature and Victorian Houses, but there is an occasional photo of me or Kevin or the occasional one I took of the two of us while holding the camera myself.
Sunday morning. Crazy re-packing and checking out. We had the equivalent of a case of wine to fit in our carry-ons, along with two laptop computers. Our bags were stuffed full thanks to my shopping and Kevin’s conference, plus the wine. We filled a wine box with heavy conference materials (books, etc) and took it to FedEx Kinko’s to be shipped out on Tuesday. The FedEx team had a hard time understanding that there wasn’t wine in the box, but 19 pounds of books (and a couple of gifts).
After Kinko’s, we went to the Charles M. Schulz Museum (the Snoopy Museum) in Santa Rosa. I was raised on Peanuts, and loved this place. There were hundreds of original, hand-drawn comic strips, as well as a special Snoopy exhibit and an exhibit on top dogs throughout Comics history. They re-created Schulz’s office, and it was interesting to see the great range of books on his shelves.
Saturday we stopped at Safeway and picked up sunscreen and some other items, put the top down, and went on our way. This was supposed to be the day we spent in the other end of the Sonoma Valley, by the actual town of Sonoma, but it really didn’t work out that way. (I’m glad we got to those wineries last year.)
We stopped at Ledson again, and joined their wine club. We’re scheduled to receive two cases a year. We can slow that down, and I imagine we’ll slow it back to 1 case a year, of mixed whites and reds. Now that we’ve joined Ledson, we’ll have to discontinue Gundlach-Bundschu. Gun-Bun, while awesome, is also monthly, which makes it expensive (esp when you add in shipping) and we tend to get behind. On the up side, we have a lot of wine that I’ve tagged and we are now "cellaring."
Rented a convertible last night and drove out to Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County. I’ve decided I could easily live in Santa Rosa. It’s an adorable city, small enough, with personality, but only 58 miles from San Francisco. Plus, it is so obviously surrounded on all sides by the Mayacamas Mountains and vineyards, with the Russian River Valley stretching out in one direction and Sonoma Valley in the other. Just on the other side of the mountain is Napa – about a 30 minute scenic drive.
Thursday night we ate at a brewpub – Aleworks – in downtown Santa Rosa. We discovered that because Santa Rosa was the home of Charles Schulz, the town has artistic Charlie Browns everywhere! It was wonderful! I took tons of photos of Charlie Browns.
Friday we visited Kenwood and Glen Ellen, but that’s as far through the Valley as we got. Let’s see, we hit Ledson Wienry (our favorite), Kenwood, Kunde Estate, Valley of the Moon, and B.R. Cohn. We also got sunburnt in the convertible.
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