S: California Dreaming
BC: California Summer of 2012 | "Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again."
FC: Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley & San Francisco | September 2012
1: California Road Trip| September 16-25, 2012
3: Incline Village | LAKE TAHOE, CA
4: Gar Woods Pier, Kings Beach
5: The North Shore | LAKE TAHOE
6: Sand Harbor| STATE PARK
8: And... a balcony upgrade!
10: On top of the world
12: Tahoe Keys Marina SOUTH SHORE
14: Lake Tahoe Hot Air Balloons; The only water takeoff in the United States | BALLOONIST PRAYER : "The winds have welcomed you with softness. The sun has blessed you with his warm hands. You have flown so high and so well, That the gods have joined you in your laughter and set you back again into the loving arms of Mother Earth." - Author Unknown
15: Lake Tahoe Hot Air Balloons
16: 10,225 feet above sea level
19: Fresh Ketch| TAHOE KEYS MARINA
20: drove along the west side of Tahoe to Cascade Bay.
21: VIKINGSHOLM | Fannette island; the sole | island on the lake.
22: Sunnyside Restaurant| West Shore | DELICIOUS
23: HULA PIE
24: Sunnyside Restaurant| West Shore | DELICIOUS
25: HULA PIE
26: The Village | Squaw Valley
27: Plumpjack | On February 18, 1960, under storm-threatening skies, the greatest winter athletes in the world gathered in Squaw Valley. As the sun broke through the clouds, 2,000 pigeons were released into the air. 1,000 competitors and 20,000 spectators stood hushed as the Olympic Torch completed a 9,000 mile odyssey from Europe and was placed in front of the Tower of Nations.
29: Pino Solo, Newton Winery | California wine country
30: Newton Winery
33: View from the tram | STERLING
34: V. Sattuai Winery
35: Tra Vigne
36: "Taylor party of 2 has arrived." | KULETO ESTATE
39: Kuleto Estate
40: ABOUT| Located in the Volcanic mountains of Eastern Napa, The Kuleto Estate features 761 total acres and 82.9 acres of vines perched along ridges and clinging to steep hilltops.
41: Wine tasting on the terrace
43: SILVERADO TRAIL | Signorello Estate Winery
44: THE GUESTS | Gundlach Bunschu Winery| Sonoma, CA
45: Happily Ever After... | THE BRIDE & GROOM
47: THE VINEYARD
48: THE wine cave | Dinner with the newlyweds
50: Love is Sweet
51: September 20,
52: Post Wedding Wine Tasting Day | The private Motor Coach left the hotel at 9:30 a.m. for a full day including 4 wineries. One tour, one picnic lunch, several personalized tastings and a whole lot of wine!
53: Silverado Estates
54: Rutherford Hill Winery
55: Picnic Time
56: MUMM NAPA
61: HISTORY| Envisioned by Tony Peju even before he purchased the property, the 50 foot tower was designed by Southern California architect Calvin Straub in 1980-81, and its rendering has graced the label of every estate-bottled Peju wine.
63: Domaine Carneros Champagne
64: Gundlach Bundshu | Back to the scene of the crime...
65: The only winery with FREE tastings... and they had wine & chocolate shots! Who doesn't love that? | JACCUZI VINEYARDS
67: The Golden Gate Bridge | SAN FRANCISCO
68: Fort Point
69: Fisherman's Wharf
70: Clam Chowder in a Sour Dough Bread Bowl
73: ALCATRAZ | "Break the rules and you go to prison. Break the prison rules and you go to Alcatraz."
74: The Rock
75: Ghirardelli Chocolate
76: Painted Ladies | Walking the Bridge | Golden Gate Park
77: Haight Ashbury | Alamo Square | CAFE DIVINE | TURN ON TUNE IN DROP OUT
78: The Coastline Pacifica | View from our room
79: kezar pub : even in California we can find a Packer bar. A disappointing outcome but great to catch up with old friends. | View from the room | A great end to a fantastic trip. Until next time California!