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Jul 03

California Day 8/Wine Country Day 3

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.

Once we left Snoopy behind, we went back to Ledson again. This time we
skipped the wine and indulged in the barbeque. We sat outside, with
yummy barbeque and lemonade, and had a view of the grapevines and
mountains to one side and the castle that is Ledson to the other. Can’t
beat that!
We took that mountain road again and crossed over to
Napa. We stopped first at Merryvale, as I wanted to pick up some brandy
wine that is quite good in the summer over ice with a twist of lemon.
After we purchased that, we headed off 29 (the main drag) to the more
remote Silverado Trail to avoid the heavy traffic. We stopped at
Plumpjack and picked up a Sauv Blanc and then invested in an Cab at
Stag’s Leap. A very very very good Cab. On our way out of the valleys,
we stopped by Cline in Sonoma, where we are wine club members. We
picked up the latest shipment (saving us on shipping). By this point,
we now had to work a case and a half into our carry-ons. It’s amazing
we succeeded.
We left the wine country behind. It always makes me
sad as I take to it so well. I love the mountains, with the green
vineyards in their neat rows and diagonals, below. It’s still my
favorite place to visit and now I’ve determined that Santa Rosa would
be a fantastic place to live.
We stopped in Tiburon for dinner on
our way back to the airport. The Buena Vista waitress had recommended a
place on the bay so we drove until we found water and then discovered
the historic little town of Tiburon, as well as the restaurant (Sam’s
Grill). We ate out by the water. Tiburon is gorgeous and I never would
have discovered it on my own.
After dinner we took the scenic route
back through the city and ended at the airport for our red eye back to
Cincy. Our checked luggage was 15 lbs overweight, so we had to pay
extra. I’ve never had that happen! Kevin blamed more conference
materials – I think we just ended up with a lot of stuff.

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