Napa, California: Another short driving
day - 150 miles from Corning to Napa. We only stopped once - at a rest area -
just to stretch our legs. No precarious accidents. Lovely weather (no rain?) and
smooth sailing into Napa. We are again at the Napa Valley Expo (country
fairgrounds) RV park, which - to us - is just about wine nirvana. Walk to town.
Great running trails nearby. So many vineyards. Too many restaurants. Plus, all the incredible
shopping, scenery and tourist stuff.
Here we are
DT had arranged two campsites together. We checked-in and immediately went out in
search of tacos... which are just a two minute walk from the campsite.
Taqueria Maria is
more than tacos though - it is a full-on Mexican restaurant with shady
One chicken taco, one chicken enchilada and (sadly, untouched
rice and black beans). Now I truly feel we are back in California.
After lunch, we had a stroll around the fun
Oxbow Public Market.
We have not been here since
November last year and there have been a lot of changes - for the better.
The market is hopping with business! A new sushi bar. The beef rancher has
opened a restaurant next to his meat market. A cheese shop has opened. It seems
to me the market has finally blossomed. So interesting and such a good
representation of local merchants vending real food. If you ever find yourself
in Napa - please visit this market.
Dave invited our friends to join us tonight to celebrate my birthday at
Ristorante Allegria in Napa. Sadly, the exterior of the gorgeous old bank
building housing the restaurant suffered serious damage in the
August 2014 earthquake, but the interior
of the establishment is in fine form. They seated us in the old bank vault -
which would probably be the perfect spot to be during an earthquake. Our meals
were good, wine divine and the company outstanding. I could have not asked for a better
unless I could magically transport us all to to
the Jimmy Buffett concert in Portland tonight.
Me, Mary & Kathy
Woody, Steve and DT
Friends since college! Happy
Birthday to Me. Perfect evening with My Family of
Until my next update, I remain, your happy correspondent.
RV PARK: Napa
Valley Expo RV Park. Our favorite campground in the area. Long paved
full-service pull-through sites with 50 amp. Bathhouse, laundry, free wifi,
lawn, picnic table. At the fairgrounds and just a short drive/walk to downtown Napa.
We paid $45 per night, with a Good Sam discount.
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