Sunday, November 19, 2017

Napa - November 2017

Nevada came to visit this weekend.  Yesterday, we went to San Francisco to see Disney's Aladdin (a musical) and today we went to Napa.  As you may or may not have heard, last month there were some of the most destructive wildfires in California history in and around Napa.  Surprisingly, we didn't see any of the devastation.

Our first stop, as usual, was Mumm Napa for some sparkling wine.


We took Holly with us .. 

Our next stop was Grgich Hills.  We had been there before but I didn't remember it.  My DIL loves their Fume Blanc so we thought it would be a good winery to visit.  It was expensive and the wine wasn't very good.  Definitely will NOT be going back.

Our next stop was Merryvale.  The service was phenomenal, as was the wine.  It was probably even better after the super disappointing time at Grgich.

Then we went across the parking lot to the Tra Vigne Pizzeria.  Their mozzarella is to die for.  We didn't stay long because we had a 3:30 barrel tasting at Raymond ...

We had this amazing barrel tasting at Raymond and the only pictures I got were of the goats ... if anyone else took barrel room pics, I'll upload later.

Saturday, November 18, 2017


We took BART up to San Francisco today and there were a couple of interesting pieces of art at the station.  I took the following picture:

This may be upside down; I'm not quite sure.  This was one of the benches.  I can't figure out what it is supposed to be.  Any ideas?

Friday, November 17, 2017

It's A Girl!!

So pinks and purples and pastels are in the future.  My OS and SIL are having a baby girl, due on March 29.  They came to the house last night to tell us, with these ...

and oh so yummy!

So, now I need to get all my knitting, cutting and sewing skills going so that I can make some things for this little one.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Michigan -- beer and coffee

So, apparently I like dark beer -- though my favorite this summer wasn't the dark one.

First I had the Keweenaw Brewing Company (KBC) Redjacket Amber Ale -- pretty tasty.

Then there was the Brickside Brewery Park Bench Porter -- I think I prefer the KBC.

My favorite beer of the trip was "Walter Get Buzzed" -- a coffee blonde.  I thought I would like a stout or porter best, but this was great.  Unfortunately, only one you can get in Michigan.


That big blast of coffee is amazing!

I tried the Ballast Point, Victory at Sea, thinking I would like it even more -- but the Walter beer was better (which I only tried because of my Uncle Walter).

And then there was the KBC Widow Maker Black Ale -- pretty good, but not quite the coffee, blonde ale.

And a cup of coffee with a heart!  Love it.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Estivant Pines

Another place I've wanted to go in the Copper Country was Estivant Pines.  It was a rainy day, but we decided to take the hike anyway.  Another dirt road but it seemed like it was easier to find -- though there were fewer people there than at Horseshoe Harbor.  Actually, there was no one else at the Estivant Pines, whereas there were two other groups at Horseshoe Harbor.

The path was kind of muddy, except where there was a wooden path ... (or whatever you might call it).

I don't remember which trail we took -- whatever the shortest one was.  Plus one of the ways was a real hike, not just a casual hike which was what we were looking for.

The only wildlife we saw.

Though not necessary on this trail, it was marked with blue diamonds (might be necessary in winter, if it's open in winter?).  It reminded me of a hike on and earlier trip where we followed markings on the trees which led us on a crazy hike.


the map ..

The parking lot ...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Horseshoe Harbor

One of the places I had wanted to visit while in Michigan with my sister last year was Horseshoe Harbor.  We had also tried to find it several years ago when I was there with my niece.  No luck -- but this year, we found it!!

US 41 begins (or ends depending on your point of view) in Copper Harbor, Michigan -- Horseshoe Harbor is 1.9 miles north of that.  

So we drove along the road, a dirt road and found the parking ..

We walked about a mile down a path to this beautiful harbor ...

I don't know if this counts as a new park, but I'm counting it anyway.  Will definitely go back again -- and maybe swim next time (if it's warm enough or if I have people with me who want to swim as well).

Monday, November 13, 2017

Doctor Who - Who Knew

Just saw this and couldn't resist posting ...