I have a vague memory of a family road trip to Napa when I was a little girl. As one of three little girls piled in the back seat of our Buick, I don’t remember much about the trip, except my Dad joking, saying he was a little sleepy and needed a “nap-a.” (Mom, was this the same road trip as the one which brought us to the Jedediah Smith Campground?) Funny how these things stick in my memory. Anyway, I think it’s fitting to tell that story today, as we are heading for Napa!
We’ll be in Napa for 2 relaxing days. Greg and I are looking forward to taking a little more time as we travel through California. Having covered a lot of miles (appx. 5,700 miles so far) in a pretty short period of time, we’re getting a little tired. That’s probably the reason why we couldn’t quite get our wheels in motion until noon today. We took our time having breakfast, catching up on my posts, texting/chatting with our kids, making plans with Sarah for our visit with her in a few days…generally being lazy! We will arrive in Napa in a couple of hours, get settled at our campground and then get ready for a sunset wine tasting train ride. Sounds like fun!!
Fast forward to later that day…
The drive to Napa was very winding and very pretty. Glad we got to see all the miles and miles of vineyards. Clearly these vineyards are the star attraction here in Napa.
We didn’t stop at any, as we had to find our way to our campground in town, then make a 5:30 reservation on the Napa Valley Wine Train. We thought this train would meander down the tracks, stop and allow a tasting here and there and include a delicious dinner. Well, not exactly…the 4-course meal was quite delicious, but there was no stopping, nor wine tasting. We were a bit disappointed when we realized that this train was only going to head down the tracks and then turn around and come right back again, and the views from the “Dome” on the second level of the train, weren’t all that spectacular. I guess we should have anticipated that…with such a short time on the train. Unfortunately, the evening wasn’t what we hoped for…but its likely a case of having too high of expectations, and also needing a little “Napa.”
Tomorrow we are on our own to discover more of Napa…time to call it a night!