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Sep 6, 2016 - Napa

Napa Day 108: Saturday September 3, 2016 The move from Redcrest to Napa was 211 miles of hills and sharp curves. We departed the RV Park at 8:10 am and arrived in Napa at 1:30 pm. The planned route was US 101 from Redcrest to Geyserville where we would turn onto SR 128; but we missed the turn due to poor signage and made the turn onto local roads until we reached SR 128 (not the recommended route pulling a trailer). Back on SR 128 we began to see vineyards. In addition to the hills and curves we encountered very heavy traffic when we...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Alternate Plans sometimes work better

When we realized we would have to leave Ranger in the Fifth Wheel and hope for the best while we toured other wineries, we decided our plan to go to Sonoma for a day of tours was not feasible in 100 degree weather. I wish we had realized how close we were in Bodega Bay. Alas the 2 plus hour drive there and then back just adds too many hours to trust the power company and our AC unit. Our alternate plan then is to skip Sonoma this trip. We had already decided to skip Yosemite and the Redwood Forest this trip and pick them up sometime in the...

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Headed West 2016

Jun 18, 2016 - Brazelton Ranch

We are starting to get concerned about leaving Ranger for the length of time it takes for us to drive to and from the wineries. The temperature is starting to climb (they are predicting 100 degrees or more Monday and Tuesday). Our biggest concern is that we came home from San Francisco a couple of weeks ago and our main air-conditioner had quit. Luckily the temp wasn't that bad that day and it hasn't quit since, but it concerns us now. We decided to look for a PetSmart Doggie Day Camp for our long trip to Sonoma planned for Monday. Today...

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Headed West 2016

Jun 17, 2016 - Castello di Amorosa

We have a new plan of action. We had places like Robert Mondavi, Beringer, and Cornerstone on our list, but after enlisting the help of friends who have been to Napa we have decided to concentrate on the smaller wineries. (Thank you Debby Gunn.)There are something like 200 wineries out here so prioritizing is a must. Today we decided to head to the north end of Napa Valley. We headed north on I505 to CA128 and turned west. This road is fairly good road, but it is two lanes that twist and turn thru hills and valleys. There was less traffic...

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Headed West 2016

Jun 16, 2016 - Let the Wine Tours Begin

Yesterday we moved to the Vineyard RV Park in Vacaville, California. This is a nice park with very good WiFi, a beautiful grapevine covered patio and fountain, a good sized pool and playground/picnic area, and a dusty, but fairly large dog park. We have realized since arriving that it is farther away from Napa Valley than we thought. This means traveling for 45 minutes to an hour or more depending on traffic. Since this is California, we are expecting more traffic all the time. Today we did an exploration trip to get our bearings and...

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Headed West 2016

May 7, 2016 - Napa, CA - Skyline Wilderness Park

Our trip from Madera to Napa, CA was an exhausting 175 miles over some very crowded, terrible roads in the rain. This included about three miles for us to exit the 99 to go to a Flying J which had all of its diesel pumps (truck and RV lanes) shut down for some reason. We did manage to find a Flying J a few miles farther up the road at which we gave the Mothership a big gulp to the tune of 2.62/gallon. With all the taxes collected on fuel in CA there is absolutely no excuse for the condition of the roads in this poorly managed state!! We...

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Sep 5, 2015 - Napa Valley, California

In Napa we stayed at the Napa Valley Expo Park which was at their fair grounds. If you are in need of an RV park in this area, this is a good one to use. The sites are paved and it is a small but convenient campground. We were surprised that the area was more of a busy city than countryside. We had pictured wine country to be more remote. Our highlight here was the Napa Valley Wine Train Tour. We had a relaxing ride past many of the more than 60 wineries in the area. We also had a 5 star meal on board. The presentation and the tastiness...

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Jun 30, 2015 - Napa Valley

Maintenant nous voici à Napa Valley, qui compte d`innombrables domaines. Mesurant 48km de long par 1.6km à 8km de large, cette vallée est tapissée de vignes à perte de vue…quelle spectacle. Nous nous arrêtons à Calistoga au nord de la ville de Napa, au Bothe Napa Valley State Park. Calistoga est réputé pour son eau minéral qu`elle embouteille depuis 1924 ainsi que ses sources d`eau chaudes et geysers. Nous parcourons ce merveilleux paysage à vélo en profitant simplement du moment. La Silverado Trail nous offre des paysages bucoliques et...

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Jun 30, 2015 - While in Napa

Daily Mileage--40 Total Trip Mileage--517 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Monday 29th--Drove a short 40 miles to Napa. We met up with friends from ORI ,Steve and Deborah, and are parked at the Napa Elks Lodge number 832. 30 AMP, full hook-up site, with picnic table. Very nice, but tight getting in here. Big Rig RV's need a spotter to help park. After lunch we took a short bike ride along the Napa River Trail just behind the lodge. Then the four of us took off about 4:30 for a look around...

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Summer Trippin'

Jun 8, 2015 - Napa Valley

allo, Ce matin route de Lee Vining a Napa Valley. Encore un bout de route sinueuse le fun à conduire. Cet après-midi, la grosse vie aux vignobles Robert Mondavi et Domaine Chandon pour une petite dégustation. La température est toujours belle et très très hot !! Nous dormons a Napa. Demain. La suite à Sonoma Valley. Bye

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Feb 9, 2015 - The Napa Valley

We arrived in Napa last Monday and have enjoyed our relaxation here in the beauty of the wine country. There is a great bike path along the river adjacent to the RV Park here at the Elks Lodge. I have been getting in some 12-15 mile rides through the valley and Bev has been hiking the trail and enjoying the river views. Most of the time here has been cooperative weather-wise, although this past weekend a pineapple express brought in heavy rains which are much needed in this drought stricken state. When we crossed Lake Shasta last week, the...

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Dream On

Jul 4, 2014 - Where ever the road may go pt 6

Hi everyone l Yes, finally we have time to update you all on our adventures. Leaving Pismo Beach, we headed north on California highway 1. This highway follows the coast from Mexico to Canada, at times you are a few miles from the rugged coast, but the stretch from Mooro Rock to Monteray is right on the cliff edge and with the most amazing winding road. Not a good drive if you are afraid of heights. On the way we stopped at Hearst Castle which was built from approx. 1920 till 1927, it was the county home of Randolf Hearst who was a multi...

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