Eli and I were able to escape for our 10th anniversary. We took the train from Chicago to San Francisco, what an amazing ride. Seeing the country like that was amazing! My first view of the snow capped Rockies was simply breathtaking. As we were climbing up into the Rockies to look back and see Denver as this little tiny spot with skyscrapers was neat. We went through 50 some tunnels. It was really cool waking up and thinking we were traveling through fields of snow. Ended up it was the salt flats in Utah. What a site seeing the sunrise over those, simply beautiful. I am really glad we did this and my only complaint for the whole train trip was my sleeping arrangements. I was scared to death I was going to fall and didn't sleep much, I got the top bunk.
When arriving in San Francisco 5 hours late we had a bit of an issue with the rental car but ended up arriving at our amazing hotel in Healdsburg around 1AM. This place was great.
The next morning we drove over to St. Helena to meet our friends Rob and Lilly Lewin. We had such a good day with them, one that I will never forget. Lesson learned for the day The Journey is Everything! It was good to be with friends. It was neat hearing Rob tell us about the different regions in the Napa Valley. We drove with them down to Napa. It was a neat little town. We had some amazing food and went into Tyler Florence's shop, his restaurant was closed. Several wine tastings happened that day. I found my favorite Winery of all the ones we went to. A case just arrived at our house, lol. We went back to the Lewin home for dinner made by Rob, the salad he made for us was so yummy! Then due to Rental Car issues we ended up in a 4 hour car ride with them. It was great just to talk.
The next day we discovered Healdsburg a bit and then headed back to St. Helena. We did some poking around and went to several other wine tastings. We had a good day.
The napa Valley was so amazing. Everyone was so nice and talkative. Everyone wanted to know where you were from and why you came to Napa. I love it there.
And then we traveled to San Fran. Not quite like Napa. More on that later.