I can't believe it's been Feb. since we last were here ? NOTE: Please read all the info carefully as this event is very hard to organize & have it go smoothly.
We will meet & shuttle from the posted address to the bathrooms & hike start location. This is a moderate 5-7 mile trek thru a variety of terrain. Very old Manzanita trees, Madrones, a waterfall, creek crossings, bridges, fern lined trails, a high (optional) log walk over a creek to test your balance, high Napa valley views, & more. This is also the farthest Eastern Stand of Ca. Coastal redwoods.
Lunch will be at a private lakeside * island location hidden above the "Castelo Di Amorosa. (Wine castle)This Tuscan style Italian War castle took 16 years to build & much has come from Italy. No cement was used in construction. No two doors are alike & there are 8 levels. Yes; there is a Dungeon & Torture Chamber. Our wine tasting will commence in a private tasting room. We will also tour some of the castle grounds & chambers.
NOTE: This is a very long & fun filled day. **NO Whinning will be permitted. The Dungeon will be ready.
Bring a lunch. Bring after hike comfortable shoes. Bring your ID's for entry(Important). Wear layered clothing & good hiking shoes.
I'll bring for all: Water, Juice, coffee, Tea, protein & Energy drinks, Soda, Trail bars, Snacks, Gourmet fruit & Nut packs, hiking poles, & Wine w/glasses(At our picnic lunch)
The castle entry, touring, & wine tasting is optional but a must to experience & is 19.00. I will have a very limited # of special non tasting passes available.
The hike portion is $25.
Directions: For most : take hwy 29 North thru St. Helena. Go thru the tunnel of trees & past the CIA. (Culinary Insti) on your left. Go about 2-3 miles & past Bale Grist Mill. Go past Bale Lane. After 1/3 mile watch for Larkmead Lane which is just past Madrigal winery on your right. Park facing East against the bushes just past the large mailbox & Larkmead lane.
Don't be late. Carpool, carpool. I can meet & take 3 in my car from a location just off hwy 29 in SE Napa. Must meet me there by 8:30 am. [masked]-2496. (must call or text to confirm ride)
If you still have energy; the dinner option follows.
It will be a super fun day.
Mr. T will pity the fools who miss this event. Please ask an old-er person who Mr. T is, if you don't know.
Life is short; so buy the shoes !!!