Monday, August 12, 2013

"Got Her Squeezed In"

We enjoyed Friday and Sat. at Barrett-Jackson watching the exciting action of the auction. We didn't see anything that we just couldn't live without driving home, so came away from the car auction without bidding on vehicle. The one that Jim really would have liked, a 1968 Shelby GT500 E Continuation Fastback that went for $150,000 (+ the 10% buyers commission). A little over the price range for us. All in all, we had a very enjoyable, learning experience.

We left early yesterday morning, hopefully to get down the mountain before all the traffic, heading for destination 3, Cloverdale, CA. Why Cloverdale? Wine, wine and more wine. We have been to Napa valley visiting wineries, so here we are to experience Sonoma County wineries. The only RV park we could find in the area was the KOA in Cloverdale. But it is a tight squeeze-getting into the park from the freeway through parking the coach. The road back into the park was a narrow, mostly one lane, curvy, low hanging trees that we brushed through. Then the park itself is quite tight, roads not built for our size of coach, but Jim "squeezed her in."

After we got parked, set up, Jim was ready to hit the trail - the wine trail that is. Our first stop was Silver Oak, it cost $20 for 4 tastings, though nice place was not to our tastes. So onward we went.

The next stop was Geyser Peak, here we found several good wines and walked out with some bottles.
The area that we are at is called Dry Creek. Out next stop was Pedroncelli Winery where we purchased a couple of their wines also.
All the grape vines have lush, dark blue/purple, beautiful grapes hanging. Their harvest time is near.
Then we stopped at Truett-Hurst Winery which was our best experience. They had a guitarist, crackers and cheese along with great wines. We purchased several.
 Truett-Hurst was located right on the creek with a beautiful setting.
There were flowers, peach trees, and these bright sunflowers. 

We finally found our way back to the motorhome after a couple more stops that were not to our liking. We set up the Weber grill in a nice shady area along side the coach, got the pork roast on and sat back enjoying the area. When the sun went down we had an open fire in the fire pit. Enjoyable evening in the country.
This morning we woke up to overcast skies (should burn off) and a little bit of fog. This is the view we have from our coach.

Today we will be out exploring more of the area.

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