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Past Postings
Healthy Ways to Spend Time With Seniors
December 20, 2019
Wineries with the Wilson's
November 11, 2019
Road Trip to Napa and B. Bryan Preserve
July 15, 2019
Post 7 Reunion the 1990's
June 14, 2019
April 23, 2019
Handyman Extraordinar
February 21, 2019
Wood Badger, Nate Chavez
January 25, 2019
Gilwell Fellowship 2018
September 24, 2018
Peru Moot
August 19, 2018
GoFundMe has soared above $85k for Walter Carr
July 21, 2018
BP Fellowship, Mexico 2018
June 16, 2018
It Started with the
Dark-Green Twill Square Knot!

October 30, 2017
Swastikas in Scouting
September 27, 2017
31st APR Scout Jamboree 2017
September 24, 2017
Chris Hagerty, A True Scouter
August 21, 2017
Water Parks
July 8, 2017
I'm Glad I'm a Veteran
May 29, 2017
Antiquities of Egypt and Jordan
May 25, 2017
Two Winning Mission Patches!
March 30, 2017
A Worthy Certificate
March 19, 2017
Foster Father Takes Only Terminally Ill Children
February 15, 2017
Travel Ban
January 30, 2017
Ecuador Visit
January 14, 2017
December 11, 2016
Here's to Your Health!  The Benefits of Hiking
December 4, 2016
Iceland Visit
November 30, 2016
Clean Water
November 28, 2016
Becoming Consumers of Good News!
November 25, 2016

Road Trip

In June, 2019, my wife and I took a nice road trip to northern California.  Our original trip was just to visit the wine country but we added a number of additional stops which only made the trip that much nicer.

As I said, our original stay was just in Napa.  To break up the long drive, we stopped in Fresno where my ex-wife and my daughter live.  We took them out to dinner and had a nice evening talking with them over good Mexican food and Margaritas.  The next day we drove to Napa and stayed in an interesting resort that was made up of mobile homes called Riverpointe.  Adjacent to the place we stayed was a nice river walk which we took advantage of several times.


Our first full day in Napa was, as you would expect, a day visiting wineries.  Long gone are the days when wine tasting was free so we took advantage of three two-for-one coupons that Riverpointe had to offer.  After three wineries, we were ready to head back to Riverpointe.

Months after we had made reservations at Riverpointe, I saw on Facebook a fraternity friend of mine, Frank Mello, who I had not seen since the late 1960's.  Frank and his wife, Judy, are now running B. Bryan Preserve.  The preserve is "a private preserve actively committed to the breeding and preservation of African hoof stock.  Our various species of zebra, giraffe, and antelope range from critically endangered to endangered, and range in large, open fields on our property in Point Arena, California."  We stayed on the reserve for two nights in the wonderful homes that were made of many antique items such as windows, staircases and more.  On our full day at the reserve, we were shown around by Frank and had a wonderful tour of their endangered animals.  You can learn more about the reserve, the animals, the stay and the tour at this web site:  A stay and tour is highly recommended.  Some of the endangered animals can be seen here:

Frank and I were very good friends during our last year in college.  After we graduated, I spent the summer traveling with Frank to different cities because he was learning to be a meat grader and I was free for a few months before I would be joining the Navy.  At the end of the summer we each went our own ways.  What is really interesting to me is that each of us went on to earn a Ph.D.  Frank received his Ph.D. in Animal Science at the University of Wyoming and I received mine in Environmental Statistics at the University of Washington.

After our stay at the reserve, we drove back to Riverpointe in Napa.  One of the very interesting wineries is Castello di Amorosa - Napa Valley Castle.  An interesting youtube video to see more about the castle is  We spent most of our day at the castle.

Castello di Amorosa - Napa Valley Castle

After an additional day in Napa, we started to head home.  Again, to reduce the long distance driving in one day, we stayed in San Luis Obispo for a night.  California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo is the college that Frank and I went to in the 1960's.

Another good part of the trip was that my Prius got 60 miles to the gallon on a trip that was over 1000 miles!