Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Brian and Chuck have known each other since high school, although they went to different schools in the neighboring towns of Mamaroneck and Harrison in Westchester County, NY. When Brian left NY and moved to Colorado in the '70s Chuck visited a few times before moving to California. Over the years Chuck would pass through Colorado from time to time while touring with bands from Phoebe Snow to John Denver – including Nicolette Larson, Jelly (Amy Madigan), Bernie Leadon (Eagles) among many others.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
We spent an afternoon at the Harbor and Seafood Festival. In addition to some great food, shopping, and cooking demonstrations we were able to visit the Maritime Museum which was pretty impressive. We then went up to an overlook on the roof of the musuem for some fantastic views.
We were still hoping to experience some of the harvesting and crushing of the grapes. The weather cooperated in Paso when the temperatures shot up into the low 100s for a few days. Suddenly everyone was doing their best to get the grapes in and we were able to view some of the crushing at Opolo Winery.
There is an elephant seal beach just north of the Castle past San Simeon. There were hundreds of them soaking up the sun and we were even able to watch a couple of them bellow at each other.
Sunday, October 31, 2010
The flamingos don't look real, but they are!
Mount Shasta dominated the scenery as we entered the state and for quite a ways as we traveled. Impressive sight and we were surprised to see so much snow still on the peak.
Our first stop was Lassen Volcanic National Park which has the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range. Rocks and ash are scattered up to 200 miles, and there are still steaming fumeroles and bubbling mud pots. It was incredible to see how far some of the huge boulders were thrown during the last eruption in 1915.
One of the reasons we really enjoy Lodi is that the wineries are still small enough that we are often able to talk to the owners or winemakers about their wines. The tasting rooms aren't crowded during the week so we have the opportunity to try some great wines and get to know the people in the area. At this point Lodi is fairly low-key, but as with many things in California it is being 'discovered'. For many years this area has produced wine and sold grapes to many other wineries and now people are coming to taste, and speculating that this is the next Napa. Don't know about that but we hope to continue our visits in the coming years.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
We also toured the Evergreen Aviation Museum which was a short walk from our RV park. The museum is an amazing facility. The main attraction is probably Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose which anchors the central aviation building. It's actually the real Spruce Goose, not a replica. It has the largest wingspan of any aircraft in history and is the largest 'flying boat' ever built.
Evergreen Air Museum
The Evergreen Museum is a complex of several buildings and I am really fascinated by the one under construction. It's going to be a waterpark with a real 747 on the roof. Evidently it will be incorporated into some kind of water slide. Crazy.