NAPA VALLEYLaw firms plan various activities for their summer associates to give them a chance to get to know the area and the other attorneys and to make sure they have an enjoyable summer. One of the activities we did with Baker Botts in Palo Alto was a wine tour through the Napa Valley. Even though we were not part of the main event (drinking the wines), we still enjoyed seeing the beautiful Napa Valley and learning about how the wine is made etc. We preferred the small family-owned winery to the large corporate one we toured. The family just makes wine as a hobby so they don't do a ton of it. Here are some pictures of our wine tour adventure...
Below you'll see Reed and I at the family-owned and operated winery. My favorite moment at this winery was when one of the owners went to offer me a drink (held out a bottle of wine saying "Do you want...") but then stopped and said "Oh there is no way you are old enough to drink." Haha. People always assume I'm not drinking cause I'm not old enough. It used to bother me but now that I have been feeling really old lately I really like it.
Touring the large corporate winery:
The water drinkers! We were happy to be in the company of other non-alcohol drinkers on this wine tour. We even tried to swish the water around in our mouths to taste it and rate the different waters :-). We actually did get to try some non-alcoholic sparkling cider type drinks but I don't have pictures of those.
Reed was not happy that I wouldn't let him try the wines ;-).
Here is a group shot of all the summer associates that attended the wine tour. There were two who couldn't make it.
SANTA CRUZEach weekend Reed and I tried to tour at least one of the surrounding cities. Sometimes we were just too busy but I think we got to see most of the places we wanted to see. One problem with the Bay Area is that the weather can vary dramatically from city to city even though everything is close together. This is especially true as you get closer to the ocean. Since we were going to Santa Cruz, we figured it would be a little chilly and didn't actually plan on sitting on the beach but when we got there it was really warm! We were so mad at ourselves for not bringing lighter clothes and some beach towels. But it was still a really neat place to visit.
Trying to cool down with some dippin' dots on the boardwalk:
Just some sea lion hanging out on the Wharf haha. And below you will see why it's important to bring beach towels to the beach.