Adventures of Bliss

Vessel Name: Bliss
Vessel Make/Model: Pearson 385
Hailing Port: Berkeley, CA
Crew: Jolanda de Boer, Tod Flak
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30 September 2010
28 September 2010 | Napa, CA
26 September 2010 | Eden Isle
25 September 2010
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23 September 2010 | Bethel Island, CA
21 September 2010 | Suisun City
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17 September 2010 | Vallejo, CA
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14 October 2009 | Marina Del Rey, CA
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30 September 2010

Wine tasting in Napa

Some times a change in plans is the best thing ever. In this case: taking a car with A/C and not a bike to do a wine tour as the weather was still in the lower 100's, and wineries are located on hills. I'm not a kind of person that wears butt padded shorts when I bike, so we'll take that tandem another [...]

28 September 2010 | Napa, CA

Leaving the Delta

We've enjoyed the delta, and were glad we checked it out. For us, September was a good time to go, as it was a quiet during the week, but not so much during the weekend, and we can imagine that the summer can get pretty busy here. It's a place where motor crafts seem to rule, and with that comes a certain [...]

26 September 2010 | Eden Isle

An adventuresome day

Jolanda: Tod wanted to spend some time fishing today, taking the dinghy, so we came up with the plan that we would tow the kayak 2 miles down the river to Paradise Marina, and he would go on his merry way into a more remote slough. Now, 2 miles might not be that much if you walk , however ½ [...]

25 September 2010

Eden Island

Down the Potato slough, up the Disappointment slough, you will find Eden Island, a small private island bought by some members of the BYC decades ago (principally motivated by microcomputer designer Adam Osborne) . Steve and Maureen [...]

24 September 2010

On the hook in the Delta

Friday 9/24: Time for some fishing and trying the tree tie. Three River Reach came up as a good location to anchor, but luck and weeds were not on our side. We approached from the river, and saw a couple of fishing boats close to shore. Ah, times you wish you had a retractable keel....The center of the [...]

23 September 2010 | Bethel Island, CA

Relaxing on pretty Bethel Island

As we sailed under the Antioch bridge on Wednesday and down the San Joaquin River to go to Bethel island, we both were not immediately warmed up to the scenery. Not much hills left, and surrounded by power lines. However, the moment we went up False River, we were more surrounded by tule, and pretty [...]

Wine tasting in Napa

30 September 2010
Some times a change in plans is the best thing ever. In this case: taking a car with A/C and not a bike to do a wine tour as the weather was still in the lower 100's, and wineries are located on hills. I'm not a kind of person that wears butt padded shorts when I bike, so we'll take that tandem another time on a flat surface.

We started exploring the Carneros region close by, and drove to fancy and artsy Artesa winery, which has an artist in residence, and just for its scenery, it's worth the visit (the picture above is one of their pools). We're lucky that not many people choose to visit this one, and our next winery, Etude, yesterday. It gave us the opportunity to taste $80 bottles of wine in a very relaxed pace, sipping our 5 samples on their patio, instead of slurping it all down in 5 minutes standing at the bar. Nevertheless, the slower pace didn't prevent me from already getting tipsy at 1 PM....Time for some lunch: as Napa has very strict regulations about serving food in wineries, we drove to St. Helena to visit V. Sattui, a cheaper winery and Italian deli in one. It seems that all folks choose that one, and I dare not to think how crowded this one would be in the weekend in the summer.

Of course, what would our vacation be without ice-cream (a cute local family owned parlor in St. Helena), and good tapas dinner at Zulu in downtown Napa?

Back to the Bay today, likely heading over to China Camp for an overniter on the hook.
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