Woo hoo! Quotes from the Chronicles of Narnia notwithstanding, I now have a place for my vacation! For the first time in my life, I’ll be living in a “cottage.” With views. Not quite in the middle of the downtown “action,” but close enough to walk (if necessary) and at a price that my wallet can appreciate.

Since I can’t remember the last time I had an actual vacation – unless you count the camping trips that the now 30-something offspring and our family enjoyed – the planning part is a little daunting. But thanks to modern technology, I should be okay.

The first problem that I had to address was my singular, well-known ability to get lost in a small room. I call it being directionally challenged. The Wineaux Guy™ calls it hopeless. I don’t know why he says that – my thought is that whatever direction I’m facing is North. That has to be correct about a quarter of the time, right? More or less.

Well, thanks to Apple and Google and their map apps, I should be just fine. In fact, I’m so excited about the idea of leaving the block where my place is – and not getting lost! – that I’m actually planning a couple of road trips!

My first road trip will be south on the 101 in order to visit the Pinot Noir mecca which is the southern part of the Central Coast. I haven’t decided if I want to go as far south as Santa Barbara and have a Sideways moment, or if I’ll just enjoy the small, relatively obscure wineries that have outstanding Pinot Noirs. I mean, REALLY outstanding Pinot Noirs.  Think Kynsi.

My second road trip (maybe) will be towards Monterey County and the wines in that area. Although Cannery Row, the 17-Mile Drive, and the Aquarium have their own attraction, so who knows. I may actually act like a normal tourist and not worry about the wines so much.

Or not. They do have Pinot!




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