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2018-11-11 – Returning home from Paso Robles – Day 11

Last day.  We packed up and hitched up early and hit the road…

Farewell, Record vineyards!

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We once again passed through the James Dean Memorial intersection on Highway 46… Lynda snapped this photo as we drove by…

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Soon we were enjoying the bleakness that is the Antelope Valley…

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We arrived safely home and began to adjust to living in a house for a while.  Next destination:  San Clemente State Beach on November 30.  But first, we’ll have a trip to Disneyland, my mother’s 97th birthday, Big Game, Thanksgiving, and the return of my repaired Eames chair…

Happy hours ensued on the front porch…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-10 – Paso Robles – Day 10

Once again it was very cold this morning… But we have our routine down by now…  On our morning walk in the vineyard we had a great view of the Villa:

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At 10:00 am we drove to Turley Vineyards for one of their “pick-up parties” – a fun time where people who have ordered wine on line can pick up their wines at the winery.  We were unsure of our plans at the time of the ordering, so we had our wines shipped (six bottles of Zinfandel from the Ueberroth vineyard…).

But we wanted to join the party since we were in the neighborhood…

The food was good, the band was good, the wine was free-flowing, and Lynda found strangers to talk to…

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After we had had enough fun we returned to the Record vineyard.  The party there was starting to begin.

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Lynda found more hanging grapes…

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Another good picture for my funeral…

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Tables were set up…

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The turkeys were pulled from the BBQ pit, and it was soon pulled and shredded…

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Soon the Friendsgiving was underway…

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As darkness fell we returned to the Villa and watched football!  CAL won a stunning victory over a semi-rival team and is now bowl-eligible!  Go Bears!

An enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-09 – Paso Robles – Day 9

We awoke to a VERY cold morning.  It was 48 degrees inside the Airstream, and well under 30 degrees outside.  I turned on the furnace as soon as the sun was hitting the solar panels.  When it was warm enough to get dressed I went out and fired up the generators; fireplace was lit, TV was showing the morning news, coffee was soon ready, and the avocado toast was delicious!

We took a walk in the vineyards and enjoyed the views.  We were here in July and the vines were lush and green.  Now they are lying fallow and turning various shades of brown…

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We drove off about 11:00 am to visit a vineyard and winery recommended by friends.  Again the drive was lovely…

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We soon arrived at Nadeau Family Vintners…

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And this happened!

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Again we went to lunch in Paso Robles, this time at Park Avenue Grill…

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After lunch we again walked around the town for a while, then we returned to Record.

I took a nap to make sure I could stay awake for the late evening festivities;  at 6:30 we joined the other campers (there are about 25 RVs parked around the vineyards…) to watch the bbq pit get lit, grill some hot dogs, and share a bottle of wine that each camper contributed… Although it was cold, we did have a nice time meeting a few new people and just hanging out together.  Finally we were too cold, so we returned to the Villa…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-08 – Paso Robles – Day 8

Another cold morning.  But the solar panels keep up the batteries and in the morning we fired up the generator to get the news on TV, make coffee, and, today, make some great avocado toast…

Lynda even took some time to finish the impossible puzzle!

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But first we took a walk along the road fronting the winery…

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We hitched up and left our free camping site at this winery and set out to visit another free campsite in another vineyard…

We drove to Record Family Wines, where we will spend the next three days.  We are here to attend “Friendsgiving” – a Thanksgiving feast with 120 or so new and old friends set in the vineyards…

It is only about a 10 minute trip from Tobin James to Record, so soon we were parked along the (dry) creek by the vineyards…

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They have just finished harvest a week or so ago, and there was evidence amongst the vines…

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We drove into Paso Robles for lunch at Le Cosecha, a tapas and small plate Spanish restaurant… It faces onto the town square and we enjoyed it greatly!

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Our Old Fashioneds were excellent; Lynda had fish tacos and I had paella…

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After lunch we walked through the quaint town – much nicer than Cambria…

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Although we never could figure out what color they were painting this facade…

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We returned to the Villa.  We met up with some of the Record family and happy hours ensued…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-11-07 – Paso Robles – Day 7

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We woke up this morning to a brilliant sunrise, and bitter cold.  It was 37 degrees outside, 52 degrees inside the Villa.  Finally, as the sun hit the solar panels, I turned on the furnace.  Once I warmed up a bit, I turned on the generator, we prepared our morning coffee, and we turned on the TV to see who had won and lost the election.

    Cynical quote of the day:  “If elections really have the power to change our government, do you really think they’d let us have them?”

We had a leisurely morning.  There’s not much to do in wine country before the tasting rooms open…  Lynda worked on her impossible puzzle and I read a book about the creation of Fallingwater…

At 10:30 or so we left and stopped to fuel the truck… Then we visited Villicana Winery and Re:Find Distillery…  We did buy a few bottles…

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We took the long route around to get to the ocean – we realized we had not seen the ocean since August 2!  The road was wonderful!

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We stopped for lunch outside Cambria at Moonstone Beach…

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After lunch we walked along the beach boardwalk… This is part of the California Coast Trail – 1,300 miles of planned oceanfront trails.  About 50% is currently complete…

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After enjoying the beach we drove into Cambria Village and saw restaurants and gift/jewelry/antique shops and… well, there really isn’t anything else…

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On our drive back to the Villa we stopped along the way to catch a view south to Morro Rock and the sun starting to set in the west…

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We returned to the Villa and had another quiet evening…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

2018-11-06 – Leaving Emerald Desert RV Resort, arriving Paso Robles – Day 6

Today is a travel day.  We left Palm Desert and headed towards Paso Robles.  Our route took us within 1/2 mile of our house in Redlands, but we rolled on without stopping…

For most of the drive it was relatively bleak – over the Cajon pass, and through the Antelope Valley…

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We continued west on Highway 46, past the James Dean Memorial Intersection… Here he is, as a giant painted plywood cutout.  Lynda snapped this as we drove by, there being no place to stop…

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Not much happening here, but the road is great and it was an easy drive…

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On the far eastern outskirts of Paso Robles we stopped at Tobin James Cellars… This will be our home for the next few days…

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(Lynda may or may not have her eyes closed, but the late afternoon sun was intense…)

We parked the Airstream across the street from the winery, all alone, in the wilderness…

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Well, we weren’t quite alone – there was another camper here as well…

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Actually it was just a giant dirt parking lot, used for employee parking and as a staging area for UPS trucks…

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img_0234But it was free!  Thank you, Harvest Hosts!

We did some wine tasting, bought a few bottles, and spent the evening in the Villa…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

And today we celebrate National Redhead Day with our grandson, Ian:

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2018-10-15 – Day 58 – Home!

We spent the night in Palm Desert in the Villa in the parking lot at the golf clubhouse…  We were on the road at 7:00 am, and at Mentone Beach by 8:00 am.

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We spent about an hour unpacking and cleaning, then we were home in Redlands…

Our next trip out is November 1 – the Airstream Club weekend rally in Palm Desert, at Emerald Desert RV Resort, then off to Paso Robles for some wining and a “Friendsgiving” at the Record Family Vineyards…

And, as is our custom…

The McAnoy family takes a walk…

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And an enjoyable time was had by all…

2018-07-07 – WBCCI 2018 Wine Tasting Caravan – Day 6 – Paso Robles

We have two special appointments today… we even managed to shoehorn in a 3rd stop…

Our first is an excursion through the vineyards of Halter Ranch Winery, with wine tastings amongst the oak trees and vineyards… Our vehicle was a 1984 Land Cruiser, imported from South Africa, and converted to left hand drive…

We set out from their beautiful tasting room, heading down to their events center.  They hold wedding, parties, and corporate events of all types and sizes.  These may look look simple farm buildings, but they all have been rebuilt using steel structures and restored siding, windows, and fixtures…

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Then we headed deep into their property, winding through their vineyards and climbing the hills.  We were given tastings of their wines at various points along the way…

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We moved on to another picturesque spot, and we tasted more wine:

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And again, each time with different vistas and different wines… our last stop was the Ancestor tree – a 500 year old oak tree, with a trunk about 15′ in diameter…

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We returned to the tasting room and finished our visit by buying wine and signing up for their wine club…

We had a little time before our next appointment, so we drove to the top of the mountain and did a food and wine pairing at Calcareous Winery, with food by Thomas Hill Organics:

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Our final visit today is at Jack Creek Cellars.  They are not open to the public; they are only open to Wine Club members on the 2nd Saturday of each month… It’s always fun to find a sign like this, push the button, and see the gates open:

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This is a huge piece of property, with only a small portion used to grow grapes and make wine.  We have just learned that the Kruse family has sold the property to close friends in the dairy industry from the Central Valley, but that the Kruses will stay on as vineyard managers and wine makers…

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We had another great time tasting these great wines.

This evening we went out to dinner in Downtown Paso Robles at Thomas Hill Organics.  It was a little warm in their courtyard, but the food was very interesting and unique…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018-07-06 – WBCCI 2018 Wine Tasting Caravan – Day 5 – Paso Robles

Today was a relatively free day.  We moved the Airstreams from the Record Family Vineyards to Wine Country RV Resort.

Then we had the day free to do sight seeing, wine tasting, or nothing…

Some of us hit the pool.  Others went to tasting rooms that friends had recommended.  We set out first to Kro-Bar and Barton’s Kitchen Window…

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We had a few quick bites for lunch, enjoying the views:

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Next, we visited Kro-Bar, a distillery.  They make small batch, artisanal whiskeys, including a very nice Bourbon.  One bottle found its way home with us…

Then we headed out to Turley;  Turley makes some of the finest Zinfandels around.  All their wines are made from old vines, which yield a small, but intense, crop of grapes.  The wines are fabulous.

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Very old vines.  Very intense grapes.  Very good wine…

We returned to the RV Park and popped into the pool.  As the temperatures again cooled off, we relaxed in our Happy Hours together, discussing tomorrow’s planned activities…

And an enjoyable time was had by all…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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