Saturday, April 18, 2009

Driving Through Wine Country (Long Post)

The weather was a gorgeous 75 degrees yesterday so we took a drive through Napa Valley, the Provence of California. The endless acres of vineyards with the valley as a backdrop against a pristine blue sky was absolutely stunning! Another reminder of how beautiful my hometown is, definitely one of the reasons why I will miss this place when I leave.

Our first stop was St. Helena...

Napa Valley Wine Train

Cute little houses along Main Street

The Culinary Institute of America, Greystone, the Harvard of culinary schools...

Vintage wine presses

Lecture theater

School supplies...


Our way back, we took a detour on a beautiful backcountry road which also happens to be the same road that the Zodiac murdered two people in 1968, to this day he still has not been caught. Skeery!

Lake Herman

If it weren't for the blue skies and sunshine, I could have sworn this was Norn Iron!

California Poppy surrounded by Blue Lupin. The California Poppy is the state flower and it is against the law to pick, dig up, or destroy. The California Poppy is also where The Golden Gate Bridge got it's name from. Before there was ever a bridge, the area where you sail into the bay was dubbed "the Golden Gate" by john fremont because the poppys were in full bloom and covering the hills on either side of what is now called the Marin headlands and the Presidio.

Grassy knoll dancing in the breeze

A video clip of our drive leaving wine country...

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