This morning Mr. Squash and I are all snuggled back in to the Squash House. We haven't been away from home for this long in quite some time, but we both really enjoyed ourselves!
This was the view from Robert's backyard on our last morning in Napa. If you click on the photo you'll see a colored blurb sort of in the middle, back in the distance. It was a hot air balloon making a landing and deflating! The sun was out, but there was frost on the car as we got ready to leave!
When Robert bought the house 15 years ago, he paid a little more than he wanted to, but in retrospect is glad he did. What was a grazing field for cows back then was later turned into a permanent wildlife refuge that borders the Napa river. Nothing can ever be built here, so Robert has a wonderful piece of paradise!
One night while in Napa we went to a charity dinner at the Napa Horseman's Assoc. It was an all you can eat Dungeness crab and spaghetti feed to benefit adult's with special needs. There were over 200 in attendance and the crab and spaghetti just kept coming! It was absolutely wonderful! I took photos on my phone but can't seem to get them off! Anyway, Mr. Squash sat next to a fellow who is a welder. He said if we drove home via Hwy 97 to check out the gate, which he made, at Collier State Park Logging Museum. Sure enough, we drove right past it and had to stop! Here is one side.
And here is the other side. What a true craftsman. He was so proud of them, and rightly so! We wandered around the parking lot trying to get a look at some of the exhibits. The snow was too deep to really get very close to most.
Check out the little bear carved into the wood here! If you looked closely, you could see bear carvings all throughout the woods.
Mr. Squash is surrounded by the most friendly bears we've ever seen! Are you wondering about all the snow? We worried we might get caught in a big storm headed our way, but the only snow we saw was an inch or so that had fallen during our stay in Klamath Falls, OR. Even in Bend, our last night on the road, we dodged a huge storm!
I just loved all the wood carvings around the logging museum!
If you enlarge this photo you'll see more bears.
This piece of machinery was so pretty against the snow!
One of our many shopping expeditions in Napa was to our favorite spot - the Oakville Grocery. I can now begin my mornings with a new mug and my favorite, homemade latte piled high with foam!
Next post I'll show you and interesting market we went to in Napa. Stay tuned.