It was a great trip to California and there were some great visits, great wines, good food, great friends and two new canine friends made. Pictured above is the northern end of the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County. The photo was taken from the upper deck of the Sbragia Family Winery. The vines were all turning red, yellow and brown and shutting down for the winter, and it didn't take long to decide that the end of October is a perfect time to be in this area. There are lots of details and notes to organize and lots of photos to sort over the next week or so.
The only downside to the trip was the return flight. My itinerary called for a flight from San Francisco to Denver, Colorado, and then on to Dayton, Ohio. Unfortunately Denver was hit with fourteen inches of snow the night before my scheduled arrival. That shut down just about everything. I spent six hours in the Denver airport, instead of the scheduled forty minutes. They changed my departure gate three times to add to the confusion, but the plane finally made it out of town. Instead of arriving in Dayton late in the evening the plane finally touched down just before 5:00 AM. Scottish whisky is very expensive in the Denver Airport.