The older girls took turns coming home from school and stayed with #3 and the dogs. They did a good job. This is the first time we have ever left them home alone. I don't tend to do things like this too easily.
I think they were very ready for us to be home. I think the dogs gave them a run for their money!
I am having a hard time deciding which of the 350+ pictures to post so I thought I'd break it down into several days.
We left Raleigh at 6:30 am and we landed in Sacramento a little after lunchtime. We had an hours drive to Napa and we drove straight Silver Oak Winery. The man of the house made a reservation for us there. That was one of his "must see" places. We did a private wine tasting and food pairing. We learned so much. I am not a big drinker and we definitely are not big party people. I would rather have a glass of wine over an all out party any day.
The main lobby was very impressive.
On our tour we walked through the barrel room, I wish you could smell all of the oak barrels.
We stayed at the Vintage Inn in Yountville.
All of the rooms are in little cottages, down little landscaped paths.
It was so nice and peaceful.
That night we went to eat at Redd. Of all of the restaurants we went to it was my least favorite.
The food was good, but overall it was a little too stuffy and quiet for me.
Since we were still on east coast time, we could not wait to get back to our room and go to sleep.
We had to get up early for our hot air balloon trip the next morning.
Another 5:30 am start to the day!
Two early mornings in a row does not equal good eyes!!!
Getting ready to land by opening up the top and letting the hot air out.
So glad this is not my job!
They were wringing the air out of the balloon and it was a very intense job.
We went of a group tour after breakfast and saw four different wineries.
Those pictures are coming tomorrow!