Thursday, July 15, 2010

Napa/Sonoma, Day 4

After Day 3 of our trip and two full days of drinking wine, we were ready to make Day 4 a very casual day.  It also happened to be July 4th, so we assumed many places wouldn't be open.  Our plan was to go into Napa and explore (read: shop) a bit and then have a late lunch at Mustards.  After shopping for a bit, we headed toward Oakville Grocery to check it out and buy a couple of items. They seriously have some of the biggest and thickest cookies I have ever seen, and they were so good!!!  Oakville Grocery is the cutest "Little Country Store" and has, surprisingly, been around for 120 years.  I could have spent hours in there just people watching and perusing their gourmet goods.

Danny, Diane, and I were the only shoppers of our group that went to Oakville, so we had some time to kill before meeting the rest of the group (who were back at Hurley's enjoying a cocktail).  We decided to drive around a bit and see some of the vineyards we had missed the day before.  Danny was really excited when we came across the entrance to Opus One, one of his favorite wines, so we pulled in for a quick drive-by.  We quickly did a couple more drive-bys before heading to lunch at Mustards.  

We met the rest of the group for lunch at Mustards Grille; it was sooo good.  I highly recommend it!!!  I am sure if we ever go back to Napa, we will certainly go back to Mustards or even try one of Cindy Pawlcyn's  other restaurants.  After lunch, Danny and I said our goodbyes to the group and then hit the road 
for San Francisco.  

Since Danny and I had a very early flight on July 5th, we headed back to San Fran for an evening there.  On the way there, Danny and I decided we would head down to the Fisherman's Wharf area to take in the fireworks and do some exploring.  

The Bay Bridge

Alcatraz from the Bay Bridge

Little did Danny and I know, the rest of San Francisco had the same idea we did about Fisherman's Wharf.  I think the entire city was headed there for fireworks and fun.  Danny and I got stuck in about an hours worth of traffic, then paid $30 to park, walked about a mile and a half, and finally made it to the Wharf...oh and it was freezing!!!  So, needless to say, we didn't stay there long.  We walked around a bit, saw the sea lions and seals (found out that both of them hang out at the pier), got some more pictures of Alcatraz and bought a couple souvenirs.  We were freezing and ready to head back to the car and get out of the cold and crowd.

After we left the cold and crowd, we decided to do one more touristy thing.  We headed to Lombard Street to wind down the infamous road and "America's Crookedest Street".  It was actually a pretty cool experience.  We had a great time going down some of the VERY STEEP roads that surrounded that area.  I really don't know how people in San Francisco do it, the roads are steep.  The views were great but we didn't hang around for the fireworks.  We decided to skip out, the traffic was horrible and we were tired.  Oh well, maybe that gives us an excuse to go back.  

We had such a great time.  It was so hard for me to leave Emerson, but I know it was a good thing for me to do.  It is so important for Danny and I to get away every now-and-then together for some alone, adult, married time.  We spend so much time focusing on her, sometimes we forget about US.  It was nice to spend time with Danny and enjoy a great vacation, great food, great wine, and great friends.  We are so happy we were invited and can't wait to go back.  Until the next trip....

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