2017 Feb 13 – Day 42 – Discovery Bay, CA to Ft. Bragg, CA

img_8458We had not driven too far away from our friends Mel and Kelley’s home when we went over this very high toll bridge.img_8383As is our custom we took the road-less-traveled up to Ft. Bragg.  We drove through the world famous Napa Valley and passed dozens of wineries and vineyards, some VERY large estate homes, and miles and miles and miles of grape plants.img_8397 img_8398 img_8402 img_8410 img_8412 img_8415 img_8425 img_8426 img_8427 img_8430 img_8435I love all the huge trees draped in moss that are along the roadside.img_8451 img_8452We had driven out of the north end of the Napa Valley, but were still passing wineries and vineyards when we noticed this entrance gate.  Well…..of course we had to go in.  Spent a fortune on wine, John bought a hat and I bought a T-shirt.  The lady in the shop confirmed we were probably related when she said the owners were originally from Ireland; probably Northern Ireland, as that is where the Hanna name is well known.img_8458 img_8459 img_8474 img_8467 img_8468 img_8462 img_8461The Hanna Winery has 100 acres in grapes and different parts of the vineyard grow the grapes for the different wines.  They just won a couple of prestigious awards for California wines.  I can’t wait to taste it when we get home.

We drove into Ft. Bragg at 5:30, checked in to our hotel, then drove back down the road to a restaurant and a really good rosemary chicken dinner.  By the time I finished my blog on our jaunt into San Francisco on Sunday with our friends it was past 11 so it was time for lights out for this ol’ gal.  This blog just had to wait until now to get done.  img_8497 img_8498 img_8511 img_8502We are driving up the coast now toward BC and home but we remember how little mileage we made in a day when we drove down the Oregon coast a few years ago and are only planning about 100-150 miles per day between stops.

 

 

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