Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Cold Central California Coast
It gave us the energy to get up the next day for a hike up to a view of the valley we were staying in and a nice waterfall. Continuing up the coast there were more places to stop, but with the fog as bad as it was, we kept right on going to our hotel in Monterey. Situated in downtown Monterey just a block from the water, it provided us a comfortable place to relax after all our camping. After a coffee shop to catch up on email and dinner we were both ready to go to bed.
We didn't get to sleep too long though as we were scheduled to get up on Tuesday morning at 4:30am to go out for a hot-air balloon ride. Imagine our disappointment though when, after dutifully getting up and on our way out to the meeting place, we get a call from the operator saying they weren't flying due to fog. Crestfallen and irritated we returned to our camp to get a few more hours of sleep before continuing with the rest of our day's activities. We then woke up at a leisurely pace, had some breakfast, and headed out. Our first stop was a tour and tasting at the Castello Di Amorossa. The castle was beautiful and we were amazed at the detail that went into its construction. We tasted several nice wines there as well.
The next winery, Schramberg, was a little difficult to find and we showed up a little late. We however caught up with the tour and then proceeded to taste a lot of champagne. While both of the tours and the tastings had been fun I was getting tired so we got some lunch and returned to camp. After some relaxation and an early dinner it was off to bed. We decided to try our ballooning luck with another company and they needed us to get up just as early as we had on Tuesday. Stay tuned for pictures and details of that part of our adventure!