Napa Valley - world class wine country

Napa Valley

Napa trail spiral - in one end, out the other

Napa Valley - Rock spiral on the trail

I was out hiking by myself on a trail up in the hills above Calistoga (north end of Napa Valley), when the trail took an unexpected detour. One minute I was striding down a fairly typical trail, the next, I was going around and around and around in circles! ... Read article...

Boat, Island, Fire

Maltese Falcon - with and without the fire

I blogged earlier about sailing on San Francisco Bay, a favorite activity in a favorite place. It was beautiful when we anchored for lunch in a cove at Angel Island. But the very next day there was a massive fire on the island ... Read article...

Blue Angels, buzzing the bay

So there we were... with a gazillion boats

Fleet Week on San Francisco Bay gets all the once-a-year boaters out on the water, and everybody heads for the middle of the bay. Normally empty parts of the bay are crowded with boats jostling for position, as everyone waits for the Blue Angels... Read article...

Napa, Beaulieu Vineyards fall colors (300)

Photo: Napa Valley, vine-covered winery

Beaulieu Vineyards is a historic and well-known winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley. When I saw this building in October, covered in the fall-colored vines, I couldn't resist snapping some shots. How perfect! ... Read article...

mondavi

Business, wine and inspiration

Years ago, I did a profile of Robert Mondavi as part of my MBA. What an amazing man! One of the most influential people ever in the Napa Valley wine industry. When I ran across his autobiography Harvests of Joy, I had to find out more... Read article...

Napa Valley - fall colors in the vineyard

Mud baths and mine squatters

On the last day of our Napa Valley tour, we ventured to the far north end of the valley. The historic town of Calistoga is famous for its hot springs, geysers, and mud baths. The town was founded in 1859 by a gold-rush entrepreneur, Sam Brannan ... Read article...

San Francisco - home again

Arriving in San Francisco feels like coming home, though I don't live here now. It's my favorite city in the world. The beautiful skyline, the constantly changing bay, vibrant city life, quirky characters, and of course the food! ... Read article...