Our first afternoon in Seattle we spent waterside eating oysters at Westward. The nautical themed restaurant was so cute and the oysters were quite good!
|Dan, Eric, and Lisa at the Westward oyster bar|
|These were really good...I'm not usually an oyster person|
|The hazards of being 6'5"|
|Cute LITTLE hotel...our key had a picture of Kurt Cobain on it|
|Staple and Fancy where we had dinner|
|On the drive from Seattle to Yakima Valley|
|Our first stop was at Kestrel Vinters and their wine was a delicious way to start the day|
Our next stop was for lunch at Wine O'Clock which was run by the Bunnell Family Cellars. We shared a couple of wood fired pizzas which were delicious! We also each got a flight of wine and bought a couple of bottles to take with us. Good stuff!
|The Wine O'Clock cottage|
|My wine flight|
|The outdoor patio of Wine O'Clock|
|Their wall of wine|
|Clouds reflected on the table inside Fedelitas|
|The 'unfortunate' view|
|Woodward Canyon Winery tasting room|
|The backyard of Woodward Canyon Winery|
Eventually we arrived at downtown Walla Walla. It is full of wine tasting rooms, restaurants, and shops. Our first stop after finding parking was at Charles Smith. I think this is my favorite tasting room we visited on our trip. The wine was good, the atmosphere was fun and young, the music was awesome, the girls pouring the wines were sweet and knowledgeable. We were all quite happy at Charles Smith!
|Large warehouse space of Charles Smith tasting room...and Lisa wants that table!|
|A new friend I made at Rotie|
|Stay tuned for the story of Jack the Squirrel!|
|Kerloo is the call of the crane...oh, and good wine!|
|Interior of Maison Bleue|
FINALLY, Saturday arrived! It was my Labor Dave Weekend! We set up camp at the awesome Wildhorse Campground and made new friends with our fellow campers immediately! Walking around the campground you could see the joy and happiness all around. It was a beautiful day!
|Wild Horses Monument|
|This is how we camp!|
|Wine, cheese, and meat from our wine country travels|
|Wonderwomen and Boyd Tinsley! LOL|
|Okay, they may have us beat! Nice!|
|They've got their Tight Pants on!|
|Doing their Tight Pants dance (these guys are married to the Wonderwomen)|
|And they carried around a yummy watermelon cocktail bowl!|
|She walked by just before this shot in just her bikini and said "I hate when I can't find my one-piece fishnet body stocking." Who doesn't?!|
|Fun on the big ball!|
And then the concert! Walking into the Gorge for the first time...any time...is breathtaking. I just wish I could have taken in my DSLR.
|Yeah! We made it!|
|And we found a giant cock!|
|The sky during Brandi's show|
|David J. Matthews|
|Brandi and Dave|
Day 2 of camping we enjoyed outdoor showers and then hopped in the minivan to go right up the road to Cave B Winery. This winery had one of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. The wine was not as good as what we enjoyed previously on the trip, but it wasn't bad! And it just so happened that Dave and the band were staying at the Inn on the estate.
|The buildings off to the right are where the band stayed|
|Don't know what's prettier, the view or the lovely Lisa!|
We met a group of people who were jamming to some DMB on the guitar and we sat by the lake and enjoyed a perfect Sunday with new friends and old sharing Cave B wine! Oh...and during this time I met Dave Matthews!!
|This couple got engaged over the weekend! So sweet.|
|Dave signing my arm!|
|My good friend, Phil, found us chilling and joined us!|
|And he borrows the guitar and begins to jam...who knew?!|
A wonderful day indeed, followed by another great concert that night. I could do that weekend over and over and over again. However, on Monday it was time to get back to Seattle, return our gear to REI, have dinner, and fly home. It was another beautiful evening in Seattle before flying out, which made it all the more difficult to leave.
|The seagull on the balcony of our room|
|Dan made fast friends with him by feeding him!|
|View from the room|
|We rarely get clouds like this in Phoenix!! Beautiful!|
This was a trip that will be remembered always and forever! Good friends, good wine, good music, and the beautiful surroundings of Washington. We are blessed.
“Troubles, they may come and go, but good times, they're the gold.”
― Dave Matthews Band
“Celebrate we will, because life is short but sweet for certain”
― Dave Matthews Band
“Turns out, not where, but who you're with that really matters.”
― Dave Matthews Band