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Driving down from Redwoods to Napa Valley- there is essentially nothing other than Wineries. The roads are narrow and run around the wine fields. Many many turns, and it seems you are going in circles. We tried two places we thought we could park and sleep- neither worked out. It was 10pm and we were stuck amongst all of these wine fields….. then we can across a public school. It was Saturday night, so we figured we could get away with it. We found the darkest corner and went to bed.

This is a first for us. Thankfully we did not get awoken to a knock on the door in the middle of the night from the Sheriff.

This is a first for us. Thankfully we did not get awoken to a knock on the door in the middle of the night from the Sheriff.

I think our isolated location helped, not sure if we would try this again, but maybe if we are in a bind. We were greeted by Sunshine the next morning, the next shot is across the road from the school.

rise and shine

rise and shine   Before 8am!

Another hour later, we were in Napa Valley

An hour later, we were in Napa Valley

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This particular Winery included the words, Wine, Deli, Cheese and BBQ in the sign- therefor we stopped. What else could we have possibly wanted?

As we are driving, we decided to hit 2-3 wineries as you can only taste so much and safely drive down the road.

ohhh, and it was 28 Degrees in Napa, bust out the shorts!

ohhh, and it was 28 Degrees in Napa, bust out the shorts!

BBQ !

BBQ !

The deli / cheese. Pretty much anything and everything was available.

The deli / cheese. Pretty much anything and everything was available.

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Check out the reflection, its Picnic time!

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Does that not look delicious!

Does that not look delicious!

After lunch we headed into the Cellar to cool down

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Yes we both tasted the wine leaking out of this barrel.

Yes we both tasted the wine leaking out of this barrel.

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Next it was down the road to Robert Mondavi Vineyards

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The grounds were spectacular.

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And people wonder why California is in a Severe Drought right now: that is all real grass.

And people wonder why California is in a Severe Drought right now: that is all real grass.

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Dinner time back at home:

Gourmet on the road eats. Scallops with mushrooms and arugula salad.

Gourmet on the road eats. Scallops with mushrooms and arugula salad.

Ohhh and of course the left over wine from this afternoon.