I've not logged in since before our vacation. It was a great trip, first to California. We stayed in a farmhouse between Lompoc and Buelton. The home is owned by our new friends, Hank and Brenda Klehn. They are also the owners of Fe Ciega (Blind Faith) Vineyard. Planted in Pinot Noir, Fe Ciega is a seven plus acre parable. All the biblica metaphors of the vine, the vineyard owner, fruitfulness came alive for me.
Rick Longoria is the winemaker. here Rick saw the benchland facing south, was well aware of the evening fog settling in to the Santa Rita Valley, and believed the soil and setting would be perfect for some world class Pinot. When the first crop was ready for production, the world agreed.
I'm hoping to make it back for the harvest and the "crush." There's something there that I need to learn from those tempermental, thin-skinned grapes, and if I can learn it, perhaps another book will result.
We spent time south in Santa Barbara, north to Hearst Castle, east to Solvang. Best meal of the trip, steak at The Hitching Post II in Beulton. here The whole region was featured in the movie Sideways, and is finally getting the credit due to three of California's finest wine appelations.
On our way home we hit Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, and the Arches National Parks, and drove through the Escalante National Monument. "Lots of red rocks" according to Meagan and Melody. Any one of them was worthy of several days. Moab was fun. I hope to get back for bike trip before long.
Then a week in Dallas with friends at the E.K. Bailey Preaching Conference here where I taught a couple of workshops. It was my eighth year to attend, and it's always a source of encouragement to me.
And then last week, home. Did I ever pay the price for being gone that long. All in all, great memories, and a good rest. A vacation to remember.