S: Julie & Roberts' Honeymoon June 2011 California
BC: The End | J.M. + R.M.
FC: June 2011 California | Julie & Robert's Honeymoon
1: Day One: Flying This was my first time flying in eleven years so I was excited about the plane ride. Robert offered me the window seat on the plane this way I could see the land from Texas to California. We had a layover in LAX so we took advantage of our time at Brookstone massaging one another. From LAX to Sacramento I watched the sunset from the clouds and we arrived in the late evening to our destination!
2: I was wearing a sundress and flip-flops when we left the hot and hummed San Antonio weather that afternoon. We were expecting the weather in Sacramento to be a few degrees lower but not fifty one degrees, good thing I had a jacket on the plane. We quickly got our rental car and off to Robert's mom's house we went. She was just as thrilled to see us as we were to see her. We stayed up for a while visiting and catching up with family. | The artwork of Unclaimed Baggage at Sacramento Airport
4: Day Two: Jazz Festival and Jubilee I woke up on this beautiful morning to a refreshing fifty five degrees. Today is the Jazz Festival in Old Sacramento. Robert and his mom, Harriet, used to work at the Jazz Festival every year and Harriet still does. We had a wonderful time walking down the streets of Old Sac and listening to jazz. The streets have an old city feel where the street cars run.
6: We tried on all sorts of funny items and found even funnier gifts. I, myself loved all the beautiful masquerade mask.s The music was great, the weather cool and the company even better.
8: Day Three: Memorial Day Party Today is Harriet's Memorial day party. She had invited lots of family and friends to join us through out the day. The party was a nice meet and greet for me and a good reunion time for Robert. After the party was over Robert took me to his old home town, Woodland, where he showed me his childhood homes and schools. On our way back to Sacramento we stopped in Davis to have some Ben & Jerry's ice cream as we watched the people of the interesting Davis community. | Harriet's porch | Robert Hot Italian | Arch in Old Sac
10: Day Four: Hiking /Road Trip We started our day off with a clear plan for hiking in mind that quickly blurred as we drove into the mountains. | We had planed to take a small hike with a low elevation and we found ourselves at Rollins Lake near Nevada City where we took a short hike and went on to check out the mountains!
12: Rollins Lake
13: Grass Valley, CA
14: We came upon this bathtub at the end of our hike sitting all by itself.
15: We stopped in Nevada City for lunch where we had a very eccentric waitress.
16: The Sierras and Lake Tahoe
17: On the road to the mountains and Tahoe
18: Day Five: Muir Woods/ San Francisco We left for Muir woods with dark skies ahead but determined to make it. The rain became so heavy we could hardly see in front of us. By the time we arrived at Muir woods the sky was clear once again. We had an amazing six mile hike and we made it to the top of Mt. Tam where we could see past other mountain tops to the ocean.
19: Our pathway to the top
20: "In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks." — John Muir
24: After Muir Woods we headed into San Francisco. We went to Fisherman's wharf where we had fresh clam chowder and crab cakes at a crab shack. We sat outside near the ocean to eat. We had desert at Ghirardelli and I was in chocolate heaven! I enjoyed watching the chocolate making process. After that we were going to ride the cable cars but they where out of order today so we drove along the cable car route.
25: I wanted to go down Lombard st. but after all the driving up and down literally, I opted for driving by the curvy section and just taking a picture this time. We left San Francisco and headed for our hotel to prepare for our big day on the Napa Valley Wine Train and mud baths.
26: Day Six: Napa Valley & Calistoga Just as I have always dreamed of California being! Today was our big adventure on the Napa Valley Wine Train. This was my first time to ride on a train and such a fancy train at that. On board we started in the lounge cart where we received our appetizers and listened to history of the vineyards we passed. As the train was moving we ventured out to the observation deck and took in the fresh air. I learned that walking in a train is harder than it looks so I didn't go far. We saw beautiful land and fabulous landscapes everywhere we looked. The wine train was everything I hoped for it to be and more!
28: My delicious lobster bisque and Robert's lovely salad
30: Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance. ~ Benjamin Franklin | Swordfish with caviar & risotto | Chocolate Cabernet Cake
31: Creme brluée with blueberries | Grilled & Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Cabernet Demi Sauce
32: (Bridge leading to the wine train) This bridge has been dedicated to lovers. To symbolize enduring love, attach a padlock personalized with initials, names or a date and toss your key into the swale below. This tradition, now popular in Europe, is thought to have started in China where partners “lock their souls” together.
34: Larger than life corks Robert and his large wine bottle
35: Silver Oak Vineyard | We stopped at Silver Oak Vineyard for a Cabernet wine tasting and then on the road again to our mud baths!
36: Looking outside to Silver Oak entrance | Road to Calistoga
37: Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort
38: We sat anxiously awaiting our time for our mud bath services to begin. Our mud baths were a fun and neat experience. After the mud baths we sat
39: in the mineral hot tub and then had a warm blanket wrap to relax some more. As soon as it was over I was ready to go back and do it again!
40: Day Seven: Castello di Amorosa This is a beautiful 13th century, Tuscan style Castle and Winery nestled out of sight from the road and resting next to the hills where the grapes grow. We took a tour of the castle and learned some interesting facts about life back then. The castle was beautiful and a different experience for a wine tasting. We finished off our tour with a barrel tasting and private wine tasting. We left there with a few bottles of our new favorite wine.
41: Castle of Love
42: The wine is stored underground in a cave.
43: The castle includes 107 rooms on 8 levels above and below ground covering 121,000 square feet. The castle includes a moat, a drawbridge, defensive towers, interior courtyard, torture chamber, a chapel and a knight's chamber.
44: Wine has been a part of civilized life for some seven thousand years. It is the only beverage that feeds the body, soul and spirit of man and at the same time stimulates the mind. Robert Mondavi
45: May our love be like good wine, grow stronger as it grows older.
46: After our wine tour we went to Rocklin to visit with my uncle Tim and aunt Ronda. We had a lovely visit and wonderful dinner with them.
47: Day Eight: Jelly Belly Factory & visiting Mary & Holly Today we went to the Jelly Belly Factory for a tour of how our favorite jelly beans are made. We had a good time at the factory and by the time we were done there it was time to meet with Mary and Holly for dinner. We went to their house in Oakland and took in the sights and headed out to dinner on the bay. We had a wonderful dinner and then drove over to the bay where we could see the Golden Gate Bridge from across the water and San Francisco as well. We had a great visit with Mary and Holly and then back to the house to pack our bags once again.