"How was the drive?" You may ask.
Anyone who has spent any time on The 5 will tell you that it is one long-ass, boring drive from SoCal to NorCal via that particular route. It is, however, also the fastest route, so the lack of viable food choices would have to be managed.
To be clear, when traveling with teenagers, it is essential that ground rules be established. Thus, these guidelines were set forth.
1. No texting when in public places or when it would ordinarily be expected to interact with others.
2. Do not bug Betty.
3. Do not put feet on the center console (added when someone with smelly feet put her feet up).
4. Have shoes on and be ready to exit the car when we stop.
5. If an adult tells you to do something, like put on a cummerbund, just do it.
The trip was long, and the hour became late, so the quartet decided to bed in a lovely hamlet called Livermore.
It was a little misty in Livermore...and the previous day's bug-capture had to be wiped clean
Upon arriving at their destination, they set about their first order of business, which was to get checked into their fine accommodations at The Doubletree, a pace which cleverly disguised its rooms from The Fates by naming them after animals.
Not our room, but it could have been
Our two running heroines set about exercising their legs.
Alice, I don't think we're in SoCal anymore
Our heroines' friends arrived, so they went on their appointed rounds...WINETASTING!!!!!
we found a place to nosh and consume beverages
This is also where the cummerbund rule was made as DramaGirl and Millie acted as designated driver and chief photographer and were required to dress appropriately. They were not necessarily happy about this.
DramaGirl was decidedly NOT pleased
Our heroines had no such issues.
At V. Sattui vineyards
They were too busy enjoying the fruits of this...
Really not SoCal
Next episode: genetics and driving practices and Day 2 of wine tasting.
(yeah...there was a race today, I'll get to it...)
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