So I’ll come right out and say it: this is my first time linking up with Jenn of Going the Distance and Jessi of Jessi’s Design for What’s Ha “Pinning” Wednesday. Hi, hello, how are you? I’m really excited to join in!
Sunday Funday: Hiking and Wine Tasting
I originally wanted to go to Apple Hill (lots of farms and orchards over in El Dorado County), though only if there was still apple picking available. When we called several farms to ask if they still had apples to pick, every response went just like this: “Hah, no… no, we don’t have any more apples.” As if the very idea we asked such a question was absurd! So, we switched up the plan—instead of apple picking at Apple Hill and then wine tasting, we’d go hiking with Ollie and then wine tasting. Not a bad trade-off whatsoever, if I do say so myself.
I’m an avid AllTrails gal, especially since moving to Northern California and wanting to explore the nearby mountains (er, hills, whatever you want to call them). We’ve found several great hiking trails through the app since we moved here—especially at Auburn State Park. On Sunday, we journeyed just past El Dorado Hills and followed Sweetwater Trail, which was a quiet path surrounded by greenery and tucked away along a hill overlooking a river. I loved the crisp air, leaves on the ground, and moss-covered trees all around us. Summer hikes are amazing (really, any hike is), yet there’s something special about autumn hikes.
Both Ollie and Jake were very patient with all my photography experiments. Shout out to those two for dealing with me wiping out my iPhone more often than anyone should on a hike. Ugh, I know, guilty. I go through photo spurts, okay?
We specifically chose a hike near the winery where we spontaneously became members back in April. We had a whole bunch of wine to pick up from the past several months, so decided to spend the afternoon on the patio tasting wine at Findleton Estate Winery.
When I say we tasted wine, I’m pretty sure we tried more than 12 kinds. No joke, the tastings kept coming. (One of the perks of having a membership at a local family winery.) We caught up with the owner, carefully picked out the wines we’ll bring to Southern California for Thanksgiving (apple wine!), and enjoyed the patio to ourselves, once again surrounded by forestry. It’s moments like these that I truly appreciate where I live—or at least where I have access to.
The winery owned the pub next door and I talked about getting their charcuterie board for a good half hour before Jake convinced me we could simply pick up cheese and meats on our way home. Well, we did stop at Sprouts on the way home—although I should never have been allowed in the grocery store by myself. 20 minutes, three blocks of cheese, two meat selections, and two boxes of crackers later, I joined the two back in the car.
Quick Trip to Santa Rosa
A significant portion of my work includes proposal execution from start to finish—including dropping off a proposal two hours away. So the majority of my Monday was spent driving a post-fire recovery proposal to wine country and back, which was about as uneventful as it sounds. I downloaded and listened to the first half of the fourth Harry Potter book (I know, I know, it’s a November goal to read two new books—I still need to make that happen!), witnessed some of the fire devasation in the hills, picked up Thai at an adorable house-turned-into-a-restaurant spot on the way back, drove through sprinkles of rain and realized I needed new windshield wipers (which Jake bought for me today), and was utterly puzzled by a Peanuts collection of statues at the Santa Rosa City Hall. Seriously though, out of all the possible statues for your local government…?
Side note: I definitely just Googled “Charlie Brown Santa Rosa” to see if there was an answer to the mystery. There is. The comic strip creator, Charles Schultz, spent his later years in Santa Rosa and there’s a museum dedicated to him and the iconic cartoon series in town. These Peanut statues are everywhere in town to celebrate the creator and his legacy. See? The things you learn from Google…
What else have I done recently?
Finally finished Stranger Things 2! I actually teared up during the last scene—somehow I can watch a season and a half of This Is Us and not shed a tear, but when a kid with good hair gets… well, I won’t spoil it. Just know that it broke my heart and I pretty much cried to my boyfriend that I hope my child never feels the terrible sadness of adolescent rejection.
One of my dear girl friends will have her baby on my best friend’s birthday later this week, and in the mix of my excitement for her family’s new chapter, it also brings a weird sense of peace for my conscious on this particular date. Molly’s birthday has been very difficult since she passed away, and the middle of November often feels off. But there’s a sense of comfort knowing that a little one will come into this world on that same day.
We have a ridiculous amount of cheese at our house. Normally, I wouldn’t complain, or this wouldn’t even be newsworthy. But you guys, it’s a lot of cheese and all I do is eat the cheese. Why not fill up on it while cooking dinner? Or eat it for lunch? Or for a late night snack? Oh, who am I kidding… a late night snack is—literally—8:30pm for me. I guess that’s what happens when your boyfriend works at 5am and you at 7am every day.
We’ve booked a cabin in Tahoe for my birthday weekend! Goodness, how I love Airbnb. The owners said all three dogs are welcome among us three couples, and told us we should definitely expect snow. I genuinely couldn’t be more excited to see snow again! While we won’t have time to snowboard, you can betcha we’ll go tubing and possibly figure skating. Fun fact: I was a figure skater for years as a kid/teen. Figure skating and snowboarding are two of my favorite Olympic sports—ahh, just a few more months! But anyway: Lots of snowy pictures are coming. Get ready for this:
I hope you have had a fantastic week!