Posts Tagged ‘Wine and food’

It’s fall here, and that means that at Cool McCool’s Garage, it’s time for a road trip.  This year, I left Kim at home to keep the pellet stove going, and I went to Las Vegas to visit our son Craig.  We’d originally planned a grand tour of national parks but certain members of Congress (specifically the Tea Party caucus) shut down the government (and thereby the National Park system), requiring we come up with “Plan B”.

That turned out to be driving to Petaluma California, just north of San Fransisco, the heart of Sonoma County wine country.  After VIP tours and tastings a two outstanding wineries, “Ferrari and Cerano” and “Holdredge” wines,  we ate and drank our way from there down the California coast.  We spent a day in Monterey, with supper at our favorite restaurant, “Monterey Fish House”, and a beautiful drive down Highway One.   Spent a night in Pismo Beach and a day in San Lois Obispo wine tasting.  We had lunch in Malibu at “Neptune’s Net”,  and spent a night in Burbank with my niece Meghan and her husband Ron, with a side trips to “Old Crow Speed Shop” .  The next day across LA and finally got to meet my long time pen pal Larry Wood (of Mattel “Hot Wheels” fame) at Elwood’s Garage in Long Beach.

Back in Vegas after 2100 miles on a rented Impala, we took in a show, “War Horse”, visited the Mob Museum, and I wasted some time people watching and visiting “Counts Kustoms” and Ricks Restoration, made modestly famous by “reality” shows on TV.

Whew.

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, so lets get started with the pictures…

A hearty breakfast is the proper way to start a road trip.

A hearty breakfast is the proper way to start a road trip.

 My co-pilot Craig and his girlfriend Kathleen at Bellagio.

My co-pilot Craig and his girlfriend Kathleen at Bellagio.

On the road to Petaluma

On the road to Petaluma

Over 10,000 gallons of Pinot Noir.

Over 10,000 gallons of Pinot Noir.

I am trapped in a wine cellar.  Do NOT send help.

I am trapped in a wine cellar. Do NOT send help.

Craig and I at "Zazzle" in Petaluma.

Craig and I at “Zazzle” in Petaluma.

I become a migrant laborer

I become a migrant laborerFrank invited us in for lunch Frank invited us in for lunch

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Who has a Tucker in a wine tasting room?

Who has a Tucker in a wine tasting room?

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When  I come home to you, San Francisco...

When I come home to you, San Francisco…

Sea side, Monterey.

Sea side, Monterey.

Off Highway One, north of Big Sur.

Off Highway One, north of Big Sur.

We stopped here to let the tailgating car behind us go by.

We stopped here to let the tailgating car behind us go by.

Panorama prank

Panorama prank

Fly'n Brian flies from left to right.

Fly’n Brian flies from left to right.

National Forest Service site, "Mill Creek".  We moved the barricades and walked down to the sea.

National Forest Service site, “Mill Creek”. We moved the barricades and walked down to the sea.

They didn't know the shore line was closed either.

They didn’t know the shore line was closed either.

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Unfortunately, Hollywood Hot Rods was closed on Saturday.  So...

Unfortunately, Hollywood Hot Rods was closed on Saturday. So…

...we wrangled an invite next door at "Old Crow Speed Shop."

…we wrangled an invite next door at “Old Crow Speed Shop.”

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Another cool project, here a '36 three window.

Another cool project, here a ’36 three window.

Baby chicks, fresh eggs, delivered right to your door.

Baby chicks, fresh eggs, delivered right to your door.

I need this.

I need this.

Amidst all this tradition, a REAL hot rod engine.  LS Chevy truck engine.

Amidst all this tradition, a REAL hot rod engine. LS Chevy truck engine.

Larry Wood's garage.  I wonder where he used to work?

Larry Wood’s garage. I wonder where he used to work?

Who besides me crashes a car INSIDE their own garage by starting it in gear?

Who besides me crashes a car INSIDE their own garage by starting it in gear?

The wagon backed itself right into Larry's '34, taking the left front fender and hood with it.  Ouch.  Nothing money wont' fix.

The wagon backed itself right into Larry’s ’34, taking the left front fender and hood with it. Ouch. Nothing money wont’ fix.

Thank goodness this wasn't in back of the wagon.

Thank goodness this wasn’t in back of the wagon.

Larry's custom Spartan 5th wheel.

Larry’s custom Spartan 5th wheel.

Inside

Inside

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Back in Las Vegas, I took the short bus to Rick's Restoration's.

Back in Las Vegas, I took the short bus to Rick’s Restoration’s.

"But honey, I HAD to take their picture, they were TALKING RABBITS!

“But honey, I HAD to take their picture, they were TALKING RABBITS!

How to get all this home?

How to get all this home?

Hey!  They sell oysters in Vegas too!

Hey! They sell oysters in Vegas too!

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It’s all over now, other than paying the MasterCard bill and sorting through hundreds of photos. It was a great trip, Craig and I had a ball, and we drank a lot of really great wine. Maybe next year, Kim and Kathleen can come too!