Home again for Intel retiree dinerNovember 5, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 12 °C
Drove home from Grants Pass and attended the Intel retiree dinner that night at Pumpkin Ridge golf course.
We drove to the Oregon Caves and was able to get on an 11am tour, instead of the 3pm tour I reserved. It was rainy and the lodge was closed, so there wasn't much to do if we had to wait.
There was an old couple that had to leave after a short walk into the cave. They were warned, but it didn't sink in. They never would have made it through the whole tour.
After the tour, we hiked up to a viewpoint before leaving for our campsite in Grants Pass.Read more
We travelled to Jedediah Smith state park and setup camp next to the nice couple that was also across from us in the Burlington campground. Since we were only staying 1 night, we didn't setup the tent or canopy.
We followed the rangers suggestions and hiked a portion of the Mill Creek trail, then stopped to walk the Stout Memorial Grove.Read more
We did the short walk around Founders Grove and saw the big Founders tree.
We then went to two places along Bull Creek. At Roosevelt Loop, we tried to find the trail that lead along the river to the Big Tree loop, but after bushwaking through the river for a while, we gave up and decided to just drive to the Big Tree loop, where we did see another big tree.Read more
Drove to Burlington campground in Humboldt State Park, which is located on the Avenue of the Giants highway. The visitors center is also located here, which contains the restored "Travel Log" motor home that Charles "Bird Man" Kellogg built to tour the USA to promote the Redwoods.Read more
We toured the caves of Schramsberg Vineyard and tasted some very good sparkling wines (champagne).
The wines were too pricey for our budget, so we didn't buy any. The tour was pricey too, but we splurged for the experience.
There are pictures of their wines being served at special white house presidential dinners.
It was one of the first wineries established in Napa valley.
All the wine bottles are stacked by hand and can be seen in the pictures.Read more
Visited Greystone in the morning, which use to the Christian Brothers winery and is now owned by CIA (Culinary Institute of America). We did the tour and learned how earthquakes damaged tunnels and buildings.
In the afternoon, we did the Pride Mountain winery tour. Paul was our tour guide and he was great; knowledgeable and funny. There were 2 tour representatives from France and a Canadian couple from Quebec, so they could talk French to each other.
We learned how the property strattles both Napa county and Sonama counties, which causes problems with labeling, but they found clever solutions. We walked through the caves and tasted good wine.Read more
Drove to Napa and stopped at the visitors center, then continued on to Bothe state park campground to setup camp. We went out for dinner that was over-priced. Then went to Ana's Cantina for a beer and to watch Boston win last game of world series, and also watched some Sunday night football.Read more
We drove an hour from the Yosemite Valley campground to Glacier Point, where we could look directly down on the valley. An amazing view!!!!
We could also see Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls, which we had hiked the day before.
On the way back, we stopped to take a short hike to Sentinel Dome, which also had fantastic 360 degree view from the top.Read more