W is for Winery, Weekend Getaway, Whale Watching

Well, this was another one that was pretty easy to fill, thank goodness. I had to use going to a winery as an idea since we go to the Mountain Winery so often. I haven’t counted but I know we’ve been to at least 40 or 50 shows there over the years. When they started the Loyalty program where you get first access to tickets the next season by attending 4 shows a year, we’ve done that. Gotta love first access. That’s how we can get the up close and personal seats, which sometimes leads to interactions with the band! That is me with Josh Steely of Daughtry. Bill has had a fist bump with Neil Giraldo and we all remember when Kelly Hansen of Foreigner climbed over the seats right next to me!

In addition to the great music though, the scenery around the venue is spectacular. On a clear night you can see so far and once the sun goes down and the lights go on, there is definitely magic. The trees around the concert bowl have lights that make them look like they are on fire. The season starts soon and we already have our four shows scheduled. In fact, we have five as our daughter and I are going to see the Abba tribute band. We will also see a Queen tribute, The Temptations and Four Tops, Pat Benatar and Rick Springfield with Men At Work.

Weekend Getaway is something that we are able to do now a little more than we could when the kids were little. And, in our case weekend doesn’t even really need to be a Saturday/Sunday type thing. Since hubby is retired and I work from home, any day can be a weekend. This makes it easier for us to take advantage of lower prices that you can sometimes get during the week. I talked about our trip to Las Vegas and the times we’ve gone to Reno. We also took a quick trip to Oregon to see Bill’s mom. For the first time we got to go into the United Club! That was a fun experience. Of course you don’t have to fly places to get away. Our trips to Boulder Creek for the golf tournament every September was a nice getaway too.

And finally there is whale watching. Living as close to the ocean as we do, there are a few times that whales have been near enough for us to see if we went to look. We didn’t so I have no pictures.

X, Y and Z are all that remain. We are going to a wedding on Saturday so I may or may not get the last one up before we go. If not, it will be there on Sunday. I’ve come this far, I have to finish!

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22 Responses to W is for Winery, Weekend Getaway, Whale Watching

  1. Pingback: A to Z Reflection – 2022 | Janet's Smiles

  2. We went whale watching in Rhode Island a few years ago. Yes we saw whales but at more of a distance than I’d hoped for. I thought at over 14 miles out we might have saw closer ones. I’d like to go again , maybe in Maine

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  3. The whales were all I had pictures of so if you want one you know where to go. We should probably try for one more match?

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  4. debscarey says:

    We were discussing the fact that there’s so many wineries where we now live. Turns out that the soil is similar to that in the champagne region of France which is why we make such good sparkling wines in England. As that’s my favourite type of wine – I’m living in the right place 😀 I’d love to whale watch & we’ve been waiting a long time for a weekend getaway – September is our next one planned.

    Debs visiting this year from
    Making Yourself Relationship Ready

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      Sparkling wines are okay. I prefer a white zinfandel mostly. Definitely not a red wine drinker even though I’m Italian. It would be fun to see a whale but not too close!


  5. janieleeds says:

    Love the W’s!!! 💕

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  7. Janet,

    Whale watching would be super cool, especially if one can actually spot one on the ocean! You guys make some great memories together!! Thanks for popping over to my place on occasion this month. I’ve been more slammed than usual. Partly the challenge is to blame but mostly it is stuff going on around our home breaking down, ordering parts, and trying to repair stuff. I hope May is a better month. 🙂

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I know what you mean about getting around this month. I’ve had lots of typing to do so my free visiting time is limited. Hopefully I can get to visit more next month.


  8. afshan18 says:

    Great pics there. Good to see ur smiling faces…it’s good to plan a weekend on any day!

    Dropping by from a to z “The Pensive”

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    I’ve done all of your W words so I feel like this might be my favorite letter of all. I know you’ll finish this because like you said, you’ve come this far!

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  10. That is an awesome venue. I’ve seen some good performances there.
    Closing in on x y z

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  11. E.A. Wickham says:

    Great W ideas. Thanks!

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