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Harry and Judy's RV Trip
No Photos 7th May 2011 - Summer 2011
Day 21-Napa/Sonoma Valley

Temperature went from 50 this morning up to 74-very nice today.

Started out looking to buy a new camera because Harry can't stand the "S" in the middle of the one we have.  Went to a place called Shutterbug in downtown Petaluma and then a Wal-Mart in Santa Rosa (which are far and few between here) but couldn't find one we really liked better than what we have.  So we have to deal with the "S" til we find one.

Drove over to St. Helena which is the start of the Napa/Sonoma Valley Wine Country on a windy road with no shoulders and a big drop.  Lots of roads around here like that.  Stopped at a roadside stand and bought some cherries. When we got into St. Helena we found a little park with picnic benches, a gazebo and lots of flowers so we stopped and had lunch we had packed.  Nice little town and from there we drove into Napa, then Sonoma.  Lots of Bed & Breakfasts, cottages, food places from burgers to fancy smancy places. And Wineries. We stopped at a couple, they're all different, some have free tastings, some are free if you buy something, others free if you buy food (cheese or tapas, for example).  Some are small, family owned and some are the big names.  Every kind of wine you can think of, from $3 a bottle to who knows how much.  Big castle-like tasting rooms and small farm houses. Some only have one label and some have many.  They all have big beautiful rose bushes outside in every color, pink, red, yellow, orange, white, purple with large blooms.  They are gorgeous and I'm not a rose person. Lots of red-winged blackbirds around and big hawks. There's also a lot of limos and tour buses out and about. Lots of people do tours (the campground we're at even has one) that go to a few wineries for tastings.  It's a good idea because when they pour a taste it's almost 1/2 a glass and a few of those and you can't drive.  There's "Report Drunk Drivers" signs all over. Very busy day at the wineries, lots of people out sampling.

Inter-Process people-remember Marie Callendar?  There's a lot of the restaurants out here, we started seeing them in San Diego and must have seen about 6 so far. If I remember correctly, this is where they started.

On the way home we stopped at a grocery store (again, far and few between) to stock up for the next few days. 

Campground's busy but not full and not noisy.  Lots of stuff for kids, a petting zoo, a big bouncy pillow ,hayrides and lots of planned activities in a big field.  They seem to be having a great time.  Lots in the pool, too, it's heated, but too cold for me.

Tomorrow we're taking the tour from the campground into San Francisco.

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