Friday, February 12, 2016
2016 Sea Ranch Day 1
In 2014, Sharon and I spent the President's weekend at Sea Ranch with Phil and Marlene. We had a great time and eventually got a repeat event planned for this year's President's weekend. The Sanborns rolled up at our house in Carmichael at 8 am in the morning. Two years ago, we wasted a bunch of time trying to figure out which cars to take and how to pack, we eventually took their pickup with a bed full of stuff. This year, we planned from the start just to take their truck. We were on the road just a little after 8:15 am. I really appreciate Phil doing all of the driving; it gave me a chance to get some work done.
The plan for the day was to stop at Kuleto Estate for a tasting and a picnic lunch. Sharon is a wine club member at Kuleto. With one stop, we got there a little after 10 am. We went on the 10:30 am tour followed by a tasting and then lunch. Sharon and I have had lunch there before; Kuleto's has a great picnic spot.
We rolled from the winery a little after 1:00 pm. Heading down into the Napa Valley, up to Calistoga, across to Santa Rosa and out the River Road to Jenner, it took us about 2 1/2 hours to get to Sea Ranch. The stretch after Jenner is always slow.
We are renting a new house this year. Sharon loved Crestview, but it is not available for rent any longer. As a result, we are staying a lot farther south, closer to the lodge, in a house called Serenity. While it has some drawbacks (kitchen and no path directly to the bluff trail), this may turn out to be a nicer house.
We got settled into the house. When Sharon turned on the oven to warm up the lasagna for dinner, we smelled gas. This kicked off a cascading series of events that led to Cal Fire showing up... Using their sniffer, they didn't find any gas leaks.
In between and after the running amok, Sharon and I got a chance to take a couple of short walks along the bluffs and enjoy the sunset.
We eventually had a great dinner of lasagna. Phil and I finished the night in the hot tub trying to solve world hunger and peace.