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Sonoma to Oregon City

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We spent a small portion of Sunday in Sonoma; another wine pick-up party with great food and great wines. Sitting outside, drinking wine, eating fun foods and listening to music is a really great way to spend a Sunday!

And since we were going to the Sonoma square, it was a perfect time to visit the store that sells vintage style clothes. We were in the store when I was working in the area and found fun 1920’s clothes. So now it was a good time to find a dress for our Downton Abbey dinner. And I did find a wonderful dress, something Cora would wear!

From Sonoma, it was on to Oregon to visit kids. We didn’t arrive until Monday afternoon and grandkids were jumping up and down. It is fun to have someone so excited to see us. Unfortunately, that won’t last.
But it was fun to visit, even though it was very short, with Clayton and Jen, drink a little wine and eat a nice dinner.

Posted by Miss Chris 13:12 Archived in USA Tagged children drive vintage rv outdoors grandkids wine_tasting downton Comments (0)

Old Friends, Good Wine

The plus side of a road trip

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One plus of a road trip is being able to stop when and where we want, see friends, make a detour, eat in a restaurant or in the RV, turn around and go back home.

Once I knew that I had to go to San Francisco for some claim work it made sense to come on up to the Petaluma area. There was a wine pickup party at Armida, a winery which we belong to and I wanted a couple of cases of Poison anyway for the road trip.

Some of the pickup parties can be quite fun, with wine associated games while wine tasting. This one had music and food. Unfortunately, little of the food was gluten free so I could only eat the meat. Then bees swarmed the chicken so that we were dancing, not to the music, but to moving from the bees. But it gave us a chance to try some other wines than we normally buy and have a little food in the vineyard.

From the vineyard, we stopped at REI, likely the last visit to the store, to pick up last minute items for the upcoming backpacking trips.

We have friends in Santa Rosa who we only see when we are passing thru and we arranged to meet for dinner. Jerry and Karen are people we’ve known for years. I met Karen at an AAUW meeting when our farm was going down and they’d been in similar circumstances. Then their daughter and one of our son’s got together and were together for several years. They’ve come to parties of ours and we have been to their place. So when Jerry and Karen moved to Santa Rosa we maintained our friendship, she says that she stalks my Facebook site.

We met for dinner at a wine bar and shared little plates and drank wine. We discussed our upcoming adventure, a move to Canada, and their moving adventures, our kids, and more travels.

Now off to Sonoma and then Oregon.

Posted by Miss Chris 15:12 Archived in USA Tagged food travel driving friends rv wine_tasting Comments (0)

A Surprise Father's Day Weekend

A surprise for our son

We are off to Petaluma to spend the weekend with our youngest son and family. This is a different weekend though because it is a surprise weekend for our son.

Jen asked if we’d come up and do a surprise Father’s Day celebration and we thought it would be fun. Jen is the planner in the family so we left the planning up to her. She said that we’ll be doing a wine party and arranged a sitter for our granddaughter. Then we will go to brunch on Sunday at a place they’ve wanted to take us. I wrote in Clayton on the calendar on the weekend of Father’s Day.

Justin was asking what we’d be doing for Father’s Day and I told him about the surprise weekend for his younger brother. Then Justin mentioned that he’d be alone since his kids would be going to their mom’s the week before. I said I’d ask Jen.

I asked Jen about the possibility of Justin joining us and she replied with a question, “aren’t you coming next weekend?” Well we were planning to come in 2 weeks, what’s up with next weekend. She laughed, she has a horse show on Father’s Day itself and they will be gone. She had meant the weekend before. Glad we cleared that up otherwise we’d be at home weeding when we were to be driving.

So we are driving to Petaluma, a 5 hour drive. And by the way, the Coalinga/Avenal rest area has reopened and it is really nice. Everything is automated and clean.

We will play at the park with Zo, go to Starbucks then figure out how we are going to surprise Clayton when he gets home from work. Hopefully we can snap a photo of his face!

Posted by Miss Chris 12:41 Archived in USA Tagged family family_travel grandkids wine_tasting surprise petaluma Comments (0)

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