Monday, December 5, 2011

24-hrs of Calistoga

Oh!!! It's been too long.


Hope you all are doing well, and have had a nice fall.


We have been enjoying some great hikes, and lovely fall colors...Friday, we joined our furpals for a walk in Rush Creek Open Space . One of our favorite local hikes.
Late Saturday, we decided on a little camp trip to Calistoga, just an hour up the road in Napa Valley. So glad for our little getaway! I found a great walking stick during our Sunday hike in Calistoga.
We did a beautiful hike Sunday morning on the Oat Hill Mine Trail starting at the north-western tip of downtown Calistoga. Clear skies and brisk air, this was a great start to Sunday!


We had to watch our steps in some parts. Looking towards Calistoga.

A funny history on the naming of this town: From a Visitor site "Sam Brannan, who once owned most of the town, was asked what he planned to do with his northern Napa property. He intended to make it the Saratoga Springs of California, but with his diction slurred by alcohol Brannan replied, "I'm going to make it the Calistoga of Sarafornia!" The Oat Hill Mine Trail is home to forests of Oak, Douglas Fir, Gray Pine and Cypress as well as grasslands covered in mosses.....quite lovely.


Post-hike...while dad cycled off on his road bike down the Silverado Trail...mom and I meandered through the valley stopping at a few local shops, and to take a number of photos.

Mom had wanted to see what the Clif Family Winery was like..as she is a big fan of Clif Bars! We made a pit stop at Velo Vino, the tasting room. A festive spot!

Driving down the valley, fall colors are fading, yet some beautiful areas lit by late afternoon sun.



All are from properties along the Silverado Trail which winds through the Napa Valley.

We picked dad up where the Silverado Trail meets the town of Napa. The moon was out, it was time to journey home....a great little getaway! Hope we do it again soon :)

A parting shot from our hike back on Friday....I was trying to snaggle a cookie from mom's fingers.... My elf pose!

Have a really nice week my friends :)


23 comments:

  1. Gosh it has been awhile. Glad to see you again and to go along on that beautiful hike.

    Hope your fall was great too

    Bert and :My Vickie

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  2. Hey,,,good to hear from you. What a beautiful place you got to visit.

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  3. Hi Sierra Rose and Family, Glad to know you're still happy and healthy. Sounds like you had several wonderful hikes. I like the area around Napa - I've biked the Silverado Trail and visited some of those wineries. Looks as though it's beautiful there in the fall. Have a wonderful December!

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  4. Hi Sierra, so glad to hear from you! Beautful pics!!

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  5. Wow, you have been on some really great hikes!! Lovely colors!

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  6. Good to see you again, Sierra Rose! It's been a long time since I was in Napa - looks like it's still beautiful!!
    - Charlie

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  7. Sierra Rose!!! So happy to see you, we missed you. Looks like some great hikes, love your stick.

    Tucker and Daisy

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  8. Hi Sierra! We have missed you so much! We just love seeing all of these gorgeous pictures!!! Glad to hear that you are doing well!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

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  9. Beautiful pictures. Such a great place. SR carries sticks around bigger than she is, just like Easton. Goldens always like having a job to do; collect firewood and construction material.

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  10. How beautiful! I never thought of that area as an area to hike/walk.

    Sam

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  11. I am so GLAD to see you again...your world is so different from mine (in a good way...wink wink)..you still have the fall beauty...so lucky...I saw some grapevines and a few vineyards in my neck of the woods lately...they have all been put to bed...maybe I'll post on them someday...Got to get some pics....lovely vegetation in this area and had to laugh at the naming of Calistoga...salut!

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  12. It's so good to have you back! It's been way too long.

    What a great day trip you had. And you're still wearing shorts! The high was 14 degrees yesterday and we have 7 inches of snow. *SIGH*

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  13. We've missed you - but wow, it looks like you've been having a wonderful time!
    Luv,
    Dave

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  14. Hi Sierra Rose, so very good to see you. What a fun trip that was - and so many pretty things to see. Wow, that was one big stick you had there:)

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  15. So glad to see you back with your beautiful pictures again. We miss you a lot!!!

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  16. Woof! Woof! Golden Hello! Glad to read a new post. As always you guys been busy having lots of FUN FUN adventures. LOVE the photos ... Golden Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  17. What a super fun outing

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  18. Glad that you're back! It's almost shocking to see a human wearing shorts at this time of year! It looks like you've had lots of fun, Sierra Rose!

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  19. Sierra Rose you make a beautiful Elf! :) Calistoga is such a gorgeous place. Lucky you to go on a campin hike there! Was the wine good? Silly question BOL ;)

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

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  20. Good to hear from you! Looks like you had a beautiful camping trip. Mom says she loves Clif bars too - I bet the wine was good. I hope you have Happy Holidays.

    Wags N Kisses,
    Wrigley

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  21. Hi Sierra! What beautiful pictures of such a pretty place; enjoyed hearing about the origin of C's name! And Mom is right - you look exactly like an elf - adorable! Sounds like some memorable hikes, sticks, views and visits to food (cliff bars) and wine spots!
    Hugs xoxo
    Sammie and Ava

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  22. It is so good to see a post here!
    I know life can be hectic, then add holidays to the mix!
    A fun place to visit, especially in fall with the vineyards turned to gold!
    And you found a lucky stick to carry, too!

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  23. What a precious day, seeing the pics really relaxed even me, who wasn't there :D
    Exchange links? Thank you.

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