Archive | May 2014

Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

This weekend, some of my coworkers and I had a Girls’ Weekend in Chelan, a lakefront resort community.  We were a few hours away at a conference for a good part of the week, so we had decided to spend a bit more time in the sunshine of Eastern Washington before coming home.  On Saturday, we went wine tasting and ended up at Lake Chelan Winery.

Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Lake Chelan Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tonight Jon and I are enjoying the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon that I purchased that day.  On the nose, this wine has robust aromas of stewed plums, tobacco and cloves.  You know that it will be a big wine.  On the palate, there is more of a ripe blackberry flavor with the tastes of tobacco and cloves.  The wine is big, but it has nicely balanced tannins to make it an approachable wine.

Jon was as impressed as I was when he tried it, and was happy with my purchase.

Have you tried any of Lake Chelan Winery’s wines?  What did you think of them?

Planning for the Southwest National Parks Trip

Last fall, we got the word that there would be a wedding in the family.  Jon’s cousin was getting married in Marina del Rey, just outside of Los Angeles.  Now, if you have been following this blog, you probably know that after several trips to California, I wasn’t very excited about going to California again.  So, as generally happens with our trips, a plan was hatched.

We originally looked at doing a multi-stop itinerary – flying into a city in the Southwest, renting a car one way, and then flying back out of Los Angeles. However, we had to modify that plan when we learned that the one way car rental was going to be almost $1200!  What?  We considered driving from Washington – but who has the time for that?  So, instead, we decided to fly in a couple of weeks early, rent a car and make a loop of the Southwest, then return to Los Angeles for the wedding at the end of the trip.  It didn’t take too long to figure out that we wanted to visit some of the amazing National Parks in the area.

So the planning began.  Jon told me that his must-do’s were Zion National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Mesa Verde National Park and Santa Fe.  So, that is four states for the trip already…  Of course, he decides all this without ever having looked at distances or driving directions.  So I set to work planning a loop that would head to all these places – already it is a pretty big loop!

Once I was finished planning the loop, we would be spending 12 days visiting Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, the Four Corners, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Petrified Forest National Park and Grand Canyon National Park, before having us back in Marina del Rey for the wedding.  Six National Parks, 1 National Historical Park, and a couple of wonderful historic cities.  Wow!

Almost as memorable as the places we would be seeing were the ones we would have to skip.  I would have loved to visit the two other National Parks in Utah – Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef.  I would have loved to stay longer in Zion and Arches and done more of the hikes – or maybe rented bikes and tried ziplining.  I would have loved to see Hovenweep, Yucca House, Aztec Ruins, Bandelier, Fort Union, and Canyon de Chelly National Monuments.  I would have liked to be able to stay a few days in several places and take in more of the restaurants and the towns.  The list could go on and on…

These states are big country, and there is no way to do it all when you have less than two weeks.  But we were going to try to make a dent!  We could rest when we got home – priorities!

 

Back from our Adventure in the Southwest!

So, did you miss me?

Jon and I arrived home early this week from our action packed road trip through the Southwest!  We took two planes, set foot in 6 states, stayed in 9 hotels, and put just over 2,300 miles on the rental car.  We visited six National Parks – Zion, Canyonlands, Arches, Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon.  We visited one National Monument – Petroglyph, and one National Historical Park – Chaco Culture.

We saw lots of rocks – in all different shapes and sizes and textures, and hiked through all kinds of spectacular country.  We saw amazing stars and the heavens through a telescope.  We saw lots of wildlife, and lots of people, and enjoyed every second of it.  We visited several new cities, sampled lots of beer, a little wine and had some great food.  And we wrapped it all up with a family wedding – where we got to spend lots of time and celebrate new beginnings with family.

Stay tuned for my posts about the trip – I can’t wait to share it all with you!

I would have put a few more places on here, but Google Maps limits you to 10...

I would have put a few more places on here, but Google Maps limits you to 10…