7:11 am - Wednesday - 48º F, 96% humidity, wind - CALM......heavy cloud cover with a forecast high of 65º F......no rain in the forecast.....YAY!
We awoke to a little rain Tuesday morning, and heavy overcast, but by 9:30 it began to break up a little which was our hope since we had plans to be outdoors most the day. Our purpose for spending three days in Petaluma was to be able to spend a day with former elementary and junior high friends Doug and Scott who live in Santa Rosa now after long careers at Hewlett-Packard. I have seen Scott at several school reunions, but had not seen Doug since 1999. I got to know Doug quite well during the summer of 1969 when we both had summer jobs working at the same place in Pasadena, CA. We had a great summer together, and I have never forgotten his wry sense of humor.
Around 10:30 we began the 30 minute drive up to Santa Rosa arriving at Scott's home shortly after 11 am. Doug is a wine aficionado and really knows the Russian River Valley and Dry Creek wineries of Sonoma County and had offered to take TLE and I to some of his favorites for a day of wine tasting.....Doug is a wine club member at Wilson Wineries which is affiliated with several other wineries in the area meaning that as his guests we would be tasting free of charge.
After about a 45 minute drive up to the Healdsburg, CA area we made our first stop at Matrix Winery right on the edge of the Russian River Valley......
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