Week three. After two soggy days on the Northern California coast, we hightailed it to Napa… where we spent two more soggy days.
By this time it was POURING so I gave the Mr. my umbrella and took out my Zebra, Persole Umbrella.
Made in Italy, these umbrellas provide 50+ UPF, which is the maximum sun protection available. I’ve used it in the sun many times, but this was it’s first rain trip. Turns out, they are totally waterproof. Double score!!
I’m not being compensated for this mention, but I’ve had Melanoma, so take my sun protection very seriously. They’re pretty chic and work, so check them out.
We wandered around soggy Yountville then traveled down to Napa for some window (real estate) shopping. Every time we’re there, we peruse the local listings. It’s a great place to retire and we love the pace of life there.
We stopped by our favorite winery, Merryvale, for a small tasting.
We joined Merryvale’s Profile Club. Their Profile wine is an opulent, rich and elegant Bordeaux, we fell in love with last summer.
I was fortunate to get a rare “Profile” Christmas Tree Ornament which looks perfect on our tree.
As a funny aside…meaning this is totally off track…
I was sitting in a paper gown today, no dignity intact, as I got my annual melanoma check. She examined every square inch of me. I watched her pause several times, to look closer, when a light bulb went off in my head!
“I’ve just come home from 3 weeks in a Motorhome. A cramped Motorhome and all those fading bruises you see are from banging into cabinets, walls, jutting edges and other blunt objects.”
She smiled. “Oh that explains it.” I am literally yellow and pale green on most of my extremities.
Once home of course, we had to swap out all our personal china, bedding, mattress, cookware, flatware etc. Not nearly as fun on the back-end, but having our own things, made all the difference to our enjoyment.
As we revisit our trip, we realize there were many things we were not prepared for, and many things we would do differently next time.
We only ate out once, and the food was ghastly…so bringing pre-made meals and stopping for fresh organic produce was perfect.
We would plan to stay longer in places we loved and bring better equipment to balance the rig.
I would bring my own bike next time (Dear Santa…), and we would bring less clothes.
It was staggering how many clothes we brought that never got worn.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip/experiment and the good news is we are
willing hoping to do it again soon.
We took “selfies” along the way and think they might make a hoot of a calendar to remind us of our trip.
To be honest, I didn’t dress like any other woman I saw camping…but I’m fine with that. This wasn’t really camping, it was cruising.
Would you do this for a month? Six months? A year?
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