Hopefully, this is a be a frequent snowboard session year. With that expectation, here’s my log of the days we (me, Nathan and Matthew) went skiing.
It was the first day of the 2013 season for Perfect North Slopes. The line to get our season passes took an hour. The snow was great, the sky was perfect and the lines are tolerable. Matthew and Jorden did some tubing and then Grandpa took Jorden for food inside while Matthew skied.
Its a POW Day at Perfect North. After four or five inches of fresh overnight, we arrived very early. The snow was perfect all day. We expected a huge crowd but there were fewer people than we could have imagined. Great day!
Nathan I headed out right after school/work today. It was cloudy and cool (31). The slope conditions were good but icy in some places. We found the Stokely’s and rode with them for a while. Check out the video.
Another great day in Napa Valley. We had two great tours today.
Darioush – Very fancy place that specializes in Cabernet’s.
Groth – A family winery built by the CFO of Atari in the 1980′s. The Sauvignon Blanc was outstanding.
We went into Napa City for lunch at Norman’s Rose Tavern. The restaurant was nice but the service wasn’t great and the food was mediocre.
We drove to our final hotel today. The Meadowood Resort is amazing. Our room is HUGE. We actually have a whole building to ourselves. Barry/Jackie’s room is on one end and Lynn/Bob’s room is on the other end. There is a ginormous common room between the two rooms.
We are going to Tra Vigne’s for dinner tonight. It should be an awesome event.
Storybook - Is very old winery dating back to the 1800′s. They say it was the Grim brothers and that’s where they got the name. Their unique feature is that all berry’s are hand picked by the family. They ferment the wine in 100 foot long caves dug by the Chinese in the late 1800′s. The caves are lined with black mold which controls the humidity of the cave. It was like a carpet attached to the walls.
Fieldstone – This is a very small winery. You can’t get this wine in Cincinnati. The people were very nice and gave us a large plate of cheese and crackers. They also allowed Barry to buy at a distributor price. Yes, we’ll be sharing in that bounty.
We drove up to Napa Valley today. It was a beautiful day; not a cloud in the sky. Our drive up the coast was awesome. Barry (aka Karl) and Lynn (aka Sue) didn’t appreciate the long drive. I couldn’t have been happier.
We arrived at the Clif Family guest house with time to sit out in the sun. The place is great. We got to cook our own meals today which is actually a good thing both financially and healthy
Lynn and I completed our first triathlon this weekend. It was organized by Morgan’s Canoe Livery at Ft. Ancient. There were nearly 1,000 participants. We raced with some friends from the gym where Lynn works out.
The race is three stages:
Canoe 6 miles – Lynn and I failed the first two miles. Then we found our groove and really started to cook. Thankfully, the river level was very high this weekend.
Run 5 miles – While I could do this, Lynn is not yet ready to run this distance. And the run ends at “Killer Hill”. She really thought she was going to die.
Bike 18 miles – About halfway through, I said “Come on Lynn, we walked faster than this!” Naturally, that didn’t go over very well. It was the quote of day.
The weather was superb and we had a great day. The next race is in October and training starts now. We’ll beat our time. Lynn is already looking for other partners.
We had a great day with the Larson family. The Segway tour took us all around downtown Cincinnati. It lasted for over two hours. I definitely this tour. The guides are great, riding is easy, great education about the Queen city.
Here are some pictures from this weekend’s choir challenge. It was actually very interesting. The New Horizon’s team (in red robes) were amazing. One team had only been singing together for 30 days. Our team was wearing all blue and was by far the largest group. Can you find Nathan? Hint: he’s wearing blue.
Jorden was great through the event but got bored near the end. He and I went outside for some fresh air.