Kapoors Year 7: Europe/Ecuador/Peru travel blog

After An Interesting Hotel Night North Of San Fran, We Headed On...

This Early In The Season Found The Leaves Completely Formed And the...

Anil And Ajay Wanted To Stop For Some Fresh Cherries

They Tasted Fine, But I Realized That The Entire Bag Was Fully...

What's A Long Drive Without A Stop For Coffee Now And Then?

We Just Had To Stop For A Photo When We Spotted Our...

It Looks Like These Old Casks Were Placed Here Just For This...

We Took A Moment To Admire The Scenery Across The Road

We Lingered Long Enough To Convince Ourselves That We Should Go In...

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I Couldn't Help But Think That This Was A Sad Waste Of...

I Was Delighted To Find That This Cabernet Is Unlikely To Cause...

I Stayed Clear Of The Whites, They Almost Always Give Me Grief

I Was Pleased To See Neeta Give The Wines A Go, She...

On The Way Out Of The Winery, I Spotted A Couple Of...

I Had To Turn Back And Take A Photo For My 'Giraffe'...

Several Hours Later We Entered The Humbolt Redwood State Park

It Was Wonderful To Be In The Shady Woods After Driving In...

It Turns Out This Isn't The Same Tree We Drove Through In...

Not Only A Huge Tree, But A Very Old One As Well,...

Ajay And Neeta Had Visited The Sequoia National Park In California But...

Just Before We Left, This Motorhome Tried To Drive Through, What Were...

We're Pretty Close To Being Halfway Up The West Coast Of The...


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BACKGROUND

Here are some excerpts from the Lonely Planet - USA:

Way-fun Sonoma Valley is less commercial than Napa and has about 60 wineries, most just off Hwy 12. Unlike Napa, most Sonoma wineries welcome picnicking Kick-back-casual Sonoma anchors the valley’s southern end.

While it doesn’t inspire shouting out its name, sleepy Eureka, strip-mallish on the outside does have an Old Town with fine Victorians and inviting shops and restaurants.

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

After a cold breakfast at our powerless hotel in Benicia, we headed north towards Napa/Sonoma with the intention of driving through both valleys, but somehow when the highway split, we drove westward and missed the signs for Napa altogether. After reading that Sonoma was more causal, we didn’t really mind as we didn’t have a great deal of time anyway.

We drove along Hwy 12 admiring the little town of Sonoma and the surrounding wineries. There were row upon row of vines just sprouting their leaves early in the season. When Anil and Ajay spotted a fruit stand selling cherries, they made me stop so they could buy some fruit. I should have supervised the two of them because they returned with a bag full of mutant cherries.

Each and every cherry had a ‘baby’ cherry sprouting from the side of the stem. They tasted just fine, but I couldn’t help but wonder what on earth they had been sprayed with. Perhaps this happens all the time and this farmer was just selling the fruit that couldn’t be sent off to the ‘organic’ stores.

We were feeling the lack of a real cup of coffee, so when we spotted a cute little retro sign for an age-old coffee shop, we stopped in for a couple of brews. A little further up the highway, we happened to encounter our son Raj’s favourite winery, Deerfield, and stopped to pose for photos by their sign.

All that posing makes a person thirsty for a glass of wine, so on a whim; we pulled in to try their wine tasting. Ajay and Neeta had never been to a winery before so and we thought this was the perfect place for such a new experience. We were able to sample five different wines, and were delighted to find that the fee for two people tastings were credited when we purchased three bottles to take with us.

We now had to make good time in order to pace ourselves for the few days we had to get to Port Angeles, WA. We had made a reservation for the ferry to Victoria and had booked a hotel in Port Angeles, so we didn’t have a lot of time to dawdle. We drove north along Hwy 101 stopping at Drive-Thru-Tree Park near Leggitt, CA.

If we had more time we would have liked to explore the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, but we pushed on to the little town of Eureka where we had a hearty meal in a boisterous steakhouse and turned in early.

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