We had not driven too far away from our friends Mel and Kelley’s home when we went over this very high toll bridge.As 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. I love all the huge trees draped in moss that are along the roadside. We 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. The 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. We 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.