I took time off from week to spend the day with Lisa for her birthday + VD. After failing to drop off her laptop @apple to get the dvd/cd drive replaced (they were quoting a 3-5 day wait due to a backlog of machines to work on), we headed to Napa for the day with all 3 dogs in the dog-van. The morning was off/on rainy, but once we got into the afternoon, it started coming down… we need the rain tho, so its a good thing. I don’t think the folks in Napa were looking forward to the super heavy rain this weekend tho, since they are hosting the Amgen “Tour of California” bike race and with Lance Armstrong coming out of retirement, they were hoping for some big crowds. I wonder how many folks are going to stand out in the pouring rain to watch some soggy cyclists plod by.
Anyway, we hit up the St Helena Olive Oil shop to try some oil, balsamic vinegars, etc. Pretty good stuff, tho Lisa did have to keep reminding me sort of like you don’t go wine tasting to get smashed, you don’t go oil tasting to have lunch (trans: don’t eat all their bread, etc). We wandered from there up to Calistoga. Neat shops, but sort of the the rains coming, those shopkeepers really focus on soaking customers. We bought nothing there.
I’ve passed by it several times while in Napa, but this time we stopped … at the CIA. Yes, the vaunted CIA. Ok, well, not THAT CIA…
No, it wasn’t part of my plan to live out something from of my current favourite show, Burn Notice. Its the Culinary Institute of America. Big cooking school. Lots of neat cook books and kitchen tools of mass destruction. And scones. They had really good scones in their coffee shop.
We finished up with a late lunch at Rutherfords Grill (great cornbread) and made our way thru the heavy rain back home. As soggy as it was, it was great to spend the whole day with Lisa.
Tonite we’re having 50+mph gusting winds and heavy rain is heading our way again. The horses are getting tired of being cooped up. They did get some outdoor time today in the round pen (all the pastures are muddy/wet). But the next few days look pretty wet again, so I expect they’ll continue to cool their hooves in the barn til midweek or so.