Saturday, October 11, 2008

Napa Valley, California

So, today (Friday) we headed out and went to wine country - Napa Valley, California!! The land here is much different then I remember/thought it would be. It's insanely flat around Modesto, being the valley, but as we drove towards Napa we encountered the hills, and saw the mountains in the distance.
Our first stop was Sweetie Pies, a cute little bakery/cafe in downtown Napa. They have an amazing selection of individual pies, cakes, tarts, and other homemade goodies that all look so amazingly good! Then we walked around downtown a bit. I took this picture of a cute church in downtown:

We'd planned to go see a geyser not too far from Napa, so we decided it was time to head that way. The geyser is called the Old Faithful Geyser of California. As the geyser erupts it makes beautiful rainbows!

Here we are in front! The sun was shining and, try as we might, we just could not escape the shadow on the face shots! LOL

They also run a "petting zoo" at the geyser sight, so we saw . . .

Fainting Goats, that sadly did not faint for us:

Four Horned Sheep:

And Llamas!!

Afterwards we decided to head back to Modesto, and that's when we saw the smoke. Yes, a wildfire had broken out in the 45 mins we were at the geyser. It was kind of sad, because it was near houses (beautiful houses), but being the tourist I took a few shots (yes morbid, I know). So here's the plume:

So as we left the sun was setting over the vineyards . . .

and the windmills . . .

And that was our day in Napa! Tomorrow we're off to Lake Tahoe. It's going to be cold, with possible snow in the morning! Needless to say I didn't exactly pack for this kind of weather, so layers are my friends! But they're having an Oktoberfest celebration in Tahoe City, so we'll be checking that out. I can't wait, and will take tons of pictures, so come back later to check them out!!

P.S. For more pictures of Napa, check out my MySpace page and the California picture album!