November 18 – Ukiah, California

Short easy drive along Highway 101 to Ukiah. No big trees and you could see the mountains and valleys – heading into wine country.

Arrived at Redwood Empire Fair RV Park – yes it’s the fairgrounds and they have a couple dozen sites with full hook ups. Gravel road with grass sites but it looks clean and you can only stay two weeks so not a lot of live-ins.

Ukiah was named California’s best small town and sixth in the country. Town took off in the 60’s with the back-to-land movement and counter-culturists. Located in the Mendocino Valley wine appellation.

So we took off for our winery tours. First stop was Parducci – enjoyed their wines with a tasting and two bottles to go.

Then to Barra of Mendocino – which was celebrating the Taste of Redwood Valley – they had free samples and food and stuff to buy and wine at a good case discount – no storage so no case for us. Met a couple there (he had an Alaskan shirt on) and they are avid wine fans of this area. Good discussions.

Then we went over to Giuseppe Wines which was also celebrating the ToRV and we enjoyed some more good wines – that same couple from Barra we met up with again.

Sunday did find a local church that we enjoyed worshipping with them.

Later in the afternoon we took off for more winery visits.

First stop was Nelson Farms and did enjoy the wine. Note to self: don’t eat olives off the tree – very yucky!

Then we visited the Saracina winery – okay wine.

Then we made it to Jaxon Keys and had a great time with another customer and a couple – great wine and discussions.u (9)

Needed to get to Hopland and experience their brewery before heading home.

Monday rain all day and we smoked our turkey – 10 pounds of turkey breast for lots of sandwiches.

One of the highlights in Ukiah is the gas station that is made from the trunk of a redwood – yes that is true!

Tuesday is off to Sacramento, California to celebrate Thanksgiving with family.

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