Saturday, April 28, 2012

Napa Valley

The lifts finally stopped spinning, Vail Village slowly emptied out, and Jake finally got to rest!  After a successful first season running Base Camp for Venture Sports, Jake and I were blessed with an end of the season trip to the Napa Valley.  We stayed at The Orchard at Carneros Inn which is affiliated with the Sebastian Hotel that Jake works with in Vail.

We spent six days biking, trail running, relaxing by the pool, drinking wine, and eating delicious meals.  The best part?  Six days together!  What a treat after a busy winter of coming and going.  Jake and I got to spend some quality time. Together.
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Other highlights:

  • Mama's - breakfast joint in San Francisco
  • Riding cruiser bikes from vineyard to vineyard with a picnic lunch
  • Biking Mt. Veeder
  • Delicious meals 
  • Trail run in Sugar Loaf Ridge State Park
  • Biking part of the Grand Fondo with Aunt Marthe and Uncle Dave
  • Fresh Strawberries

Bubbly from Domaine Carneros

Cruiser bike wine tours.  The best way to roll.

Cuvaison Winery - Our favorite.

Wine tasting with Mike and Jennifer.  Aka the Boss man.

A the Sebastini in Sonoma

My idea of a good meal.  Fresh cheese, figs, and apples.

Jake's idea of a good meal.  Kobe beef and onion rings.
Dinner at Don Giovanni = amazing.

The California coast.

Mid-Ride Break.   Not  a bad view.

Climbing out of Coleman Canyon.


Our Casa.

The Carneros Inn

Aunt Marthe and Uncle Dave

New Venture Sports models.

Monday, October 24, 2011

red dirt and sunshine

"Adventure starts when things go wrong" said Andy fortuitously as five of us loaded up the Ram with bikes, ropes, and gluten-free chocolate sea salt cookies. Hearts set on having a good time, we knew the weekend wouldn't disappoint. It didn't. Although it was not the most convenient location, we rented a lovely adobe style home outside of moab and pack it 9 adults, 2 tots and one griffindor. We rode slick rock, bouldered at Big Bend, cliff jumped, celebrated T-Bake's Birthday, road the full enchilada, and watched the desert sunset. Surrounded by friends we adore and the amazing scenery of Moab, whats not to love.

As for the " when things go wrong" part, as a total group we had 4 flat tires, one tacoed rear wheel (with a trail side fix), one broken derailleur hanger (bike turned single speed), one broken pedal, and a temperamental rear brake. Numerous crashes - with Jake winning the hardest fall award for his high speed collison with the rocky trail on Porcupine Rim.

Despite the tribulations, and the sore bodies Monday morning, we had a fantastic Moab weekend.

Slick Rock -
Our Crew
my handsome husband

Mel Jen and I

the last big climb!

Andy D

Cliff Jumpin'
The Colorado River

Freezing cold Boys

The Full Enchilada -

We started on the other side of those mountains. no joke.

approaching tree line in the La Sal's

tired hands after 36 miles, 1000 feet of up and 6000 feet of down.

The "we survived" beer.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Melissa Eggert is Awesome

On an early morning run through maloit Park Mel said, "I can't believe you guys live here, its like living in a national park". Melissa is blessed with the ability to capture images that also capture the essence of a place. Check out Melissa's photos of our casa.

Ps: Meet Melissa and Andy
Andy is our newest addition to the Del Boca Vista Family.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Highlights from a road trip with Nana

A taste of our adventures.
Nana and I explored Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons and North West Wyoming.
  • sleeping in a tent almost every night with the dogs
  • cooking every meal at camp
  • experiencing an awesome storm in the Tetons
  • coming face to face (through the car window) with a bison
  • meeting wonderful camp hosts and tow truck drivers
  • exploring the beauty of our national parks!