Tuesday, April 6, 2010

On the Road Again--California or Bust

Well it seems that the more I travel. I never cease to be amazed at how the whole process works and how we have adapted to the ever changing mood swings of the TSA. The mood seems to change from checking everything and everyone to a more rational approach. Today was more rational--not gun residue swipes were noted.

I did find one small placard that was posted along the security screening line to be a bit funny, and true. It went something like: "We come from different places and we bring many different things with us to the different destinations we are going, but we are all here looking for one thing: a Safe Trip."

I have to agree.

Travel though seems to be more of the same--time after time. I feel like so much cattle being sent into the chute to an unknown ending on the other side. Muck like cattle--we are watched and evaluated as we make our way thorough the lines to get to the officials who examine our documentation and then on to the scanners.

I felt great relief--I undressed just enough to get through this time. Watch, belt, glasses, cell, shoes, coat, laptop out of the case and remembering to keep the boarding pass in hand. As I stepped into the x-ray portal and passed through, I received a plesant--"have a good trip." Yay! I hadn't forgotten one of those things that set the alarms off.

Aside from our connecting flight being an hour late--the trip was uneventful, except of course for the people along the way.

I have never been to Napa before--and my first impression is that the area is beautiful. I don't know what I was expecting but the agricultural setting--especially the vineyards, is very peaceful--and o so green. Pictures will be coming, but we were so tired yesterday that we really didn't take any pictures except of the cloud tops. They were especially pretty as we were landing in the Oakland area.

And so the Napa adventure is underway. We have already sampled three Napa/Sonoma red wines and had a fabulous dinner at Zuzu, a tapas restaurant in Napa. I wrote a review on TripAdvisor which I'll link in as soon as it is published.

The day begins soon with wineries, geysers, petrified forests, and wineries. Did I mention wineries?

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