I spent Sunday afternoon through yesterday morning (back in Seattle just in time for track) in the Columbia Gorge, taking media on a tour of several wineries in the area.
Unforeseen adventures included one writer coming down with a fever. Another one slammed the car door on her leg, so many bags of ice and a search for arnica cream -- not easy when you are in the middle of nowhere -- were involved. Thus I found myself shutting car doors the rest of the trip and saying things like: "Watch your fingers and toes, everyone!" Ah, the wine life. So glamorous at times. Also, if I ever have kids -- which at this point, is highly doubtful -- I'm going to be an awesome mom.
But I digress. What really matters is how beautiful the Gorge is.
|First thought: Gah! Second thought: Where's my wetsuit?|
|Hood River Bridge|
|Look! I grew a tree out of my head!|
|This way to AniChe Cellars.|
|Tasting lineup at Syncline.|
|Yes, he's real. And you'll find him at COR.|
|I regret not buying a case of this.|
|With Rob McCormick of Memaloose. (Arnica cream not pictured.)|
|The view from Maryhill. I know, right?|
|Sunrise view from my room at Skamania Lodge yesterday.|
I wish I could've stayed longer. There were so many hiking trails and waterfalls. So many places I wanted to run through and swim in and ride down and experience. But all of this will have to wait until after IMAZ. Countdown: 39 days.