Thursday, July 4, 2013

Big Trees & Big Wine

Okay, finally – the last post about vacation. 

Our last two days of vacation were spent seeing things that we knew we couldn’t pass up while driving through Northern California.

First on the list – giant redwoods.

We’ve been to the redwoods at Henry Cowell State Park near Santa Cruz, but The Avenue of the Giants trees dwarfed the ones we had seen before.

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These are some big honkin’ tree roots, people!

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Tree roots that my kid wanted to climb inside like it was a cave!

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Then there were the drive-thru trees.

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Can trees really be this big?

We spent $11 to drive thru two trees, but hey – we did it!  And we managed to do it without scratching up the car either.  It was a tight squeeze even with the mirrors folded in!

The next morning, we woke up in Napa Valley.

But gosh, what is there to do in Napa?  I couldn’t think of anything

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Oh yeah, that!

By this point in our roadtrip, the kids were getting a bit antsy.  We knew that we only had time to hit one vineyard before we had to head home, and we wanted to do it right.

So we picked the one that had a skyride – Sterling Vineyards.  The only vineyard in the world with one!

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The place had it all – gorgeous views (even though the weather wasn’t perfectly clear), a cool self-guided tour, “wine juice” for the kids, and of course, good wine for the adults!

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We had a fantastic vacation, but it was time to go home.  And we were glad to be back! 

 

Did you miss any of our vacation posts?  You can catch up here:
Turtle Bay Exploration Park – Redding, CA
Lassen Volcanic National Park & Drakesbad Guest Ranch
Lava Beds National Monuement
Wildlife Safari – Winston, OR & Prehistoric Gardens – Port Orford, OR

4 comments:

Jen said...

I absolutely love the last picture! :)

eas said...

What a great trip. HOw I miss the California redwoods of my home state! I love that picture of her looking out over the vineyard! And who knew there was a skyride in Napa?!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Sweet family picture at the end! Glad you got to sneak in a little wine tasting after all that outdoorsy business ;)

I'll Love You Forever said...

Aw, this looks like so much fun! Great pictures! You have such a darling family! Love Charlotte's dress, so cute!