The PCH: Best of the Trip (So Far)

After a really fun six-day stay in Napa, playing with friends, eating exceptionally well and–of course–drinking rather too much wine, it was time to hit the road again.

We left our pleasant little campground at Skyline Wilderness Park east of Napa and headed west through the rolling hills towards the coast on routes 12 and 116 until we ran into Route 1 and and the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading The PCH: Best of the Trip (So Far)

Wine-ing in Napa

Five days and six nights in Napa, and all of it great fun.

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Half Moon Bay

We left Half Moon Bay State Park by mid-morning after a beautiful walk with the dogs on the multi-use path that runs along the bluffs over the beach, looking out at the Pacific Ocean.  It was great for all four of us to get some exercise together in such a beautiful spot before getting on the road once again.
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One Month and Counting…

Our boat is scheduled for completion in less than a month.  While the good folks at Tomco will not (understandably) put a pin on the calendar, they have consistently targeted “late March” and are still holding to that goal.

These photographs are from early this week — the last days of February — so we are truly in countdown mode.

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The galley takes shape.  Our VitriFrigo is an upgrade from the standard NovaKool, and we think we will enjoy much better performance from its two compressors, additional insulation, a freezer drawer and better space.  The countertop has been installed and is weighted down with cement buckets. The sinks are in, and the stove is ready to go.  I can smell dinner!

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Big Bend National Park

Whenever we asked people what we should see and do as we crossed Texas, the universal answer was “Big Bend!”  They were right.

86c82915-b999-477a-a3ef-52d5d36c114aWe drove west to Big Bend National Park from Seminole Canyon State Park.  It was a fascinating trip, as we have never experienced the dessert and these roads took us through so many different iterations of desert features.  It was a stunning drive. Continue reading Big Bend National Park

All things fun (and tasty) in the life of the Beards