Tuesday as I drove west towards San Rafael I stopped in Sacramento to visit a railroad museum (which I will post photos of later). Right next to that museum is an area called “Old Sacramento,” which has original buildings that have been restored to contain restaurants and shops.
Tuesday, as I traveled from Sparks NV to San Rafael CA I made a side trip through the Napa Valley (wine country for those of you who don’t know). The town of Napa is the heart of Napa Valley and I spent about two hours just walking around town, enjoying the scenery. I even hit my Fitbit 10,000 step daily goal around 2 o’clock in the afternoon as I was trying to figure out where I had parked my car! I had walked around town so much I got somewhat disoriented (and hadn’t even been drinking – honest!)
Here is some of what I saw during those two hours:
These are newlyweds from Connecticut who are visiting the area.
These are the very helpful young ladies who work at the Napa Visitor Information Center.
And to go with that giant glass of corks, a giant (must be a Magnum-Magnum) bottle of Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon. It almost came up to my belly button. I’ll take it – and a really long straw, please.
This is an old mill, renovated to become restaurants and shops.
Want to learn the Cha-Cha-Cha?? Doesn’t look quite as simple as the Hokey-Pokey.
I finally found my car shortly after taking the photo above. I then drove up the “Silverado Trail,” a 30-mile scenic road which leads up to Calistoga. I passed almost 200 vineyards and wineries along the way – there are over 250 listed on the map of the area, although some are on the main road (Route 29) and some are out in the country. And that’s just in the Napa Valley. There’s no telling how many vineyards there are in the state of California.