Off to Napa

One thing I have learned from running marathons is running the next day, as painful as it is, is a great way to get the legs moving and help the healing process. So I headed out this morning for a twenty minute run – in San Francisco. For those unfamiliar with the city, it is very hilly. I started uphill and felt like I was learning to run again. After about a quarter of a mile I got into a rhythm and also had turned downhill, in all I ran about a mile and a half, slowly, including a nice little run uphill on Powell Street back to my hotel. All running, no walking, and I did feel good after my run. My legs are still feeling the run yesterday, but I am able to get around well.

Speaking of getting around, this morning I headed to pick up my friend who lives in San Francisco and we drove off to Napa Valley. What a wonderful escape for a few days after running a marathon. My girlfriend and I have been friends since we were in the eighth grade. Spending time with someone who knows me so well for so long is like coming home. I can be my silly self with her and she with me and we know we are safe and in good company. We started out in Yountville (a town in Napa Valley) for lunch at a wonderful restaurant called Mustards.

The food was wonderful and the scenery just breath taking. After a filling lunch we went to visit a few vineyards. First we went up to St. Clement winery.

The tasting house is up on a hill – which I must admit I winced when I saw how steep it was for me to walk up.

But it was well worth the effort and the view was spectacular from the front porch.


Next we went to Markham Vineyard for a tasting.

The tasting building is next to the original vineyard house that is over a hundred years old. We tasted a Petite Sirah that is “old vine” – the vine was planted in 1910 and still produces grapes for this fabulous wine. Here is a picture of my friend and me in front of the original house.


The third vineyard we visited was Charles Krug and my favorite one today.

What I enjoyed the most was the interaction with the people there. The wines were wonderful, as with the other vineyards too. We really enjoyed our time there learning the history of the vineyard. It is family owned by Peter Mondovi and his sons. Like so many things in life – the products may be great, but how they are presented and the service provided makes all of the difference.

After a fun day exploring Napa we checked into our hotel – a fabulous hotel and spa called Vintage Inn.

Soon we will head to dinner and relax in our lovely room, tomorrow brings another fun day in Napa.

With today being my first day of my recovery month, I must say it is off to a wonderful start. A nice run, plenty of quality time a wonderful friend who knows me inside and out, and a beautiful destination to spend a few days. Yes, I am blessed.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

7 thoughts on “Off to Napa

  1. That’s the first time I’d ever seen or heard that running the day after helps… It makes sense, but I never would have guessed that it would work. Thanks a lot for the description, it made it make sense. 😉

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