Getting away from it all
I recently took a few days off for a backpacking adventure. One of my old friends was traveling through Santa Rosa and suggested we go to Yosemite, which he had never seen. Believe it or not, even in the oh-so-glamorous-wine business, you need to clear your head sometimes.
We left on a glorious Thursday morning. I borrowed nearly all of my gear and left details to my buddy. We arrived at Hetch-Hetchy at 2 pm with 7 milesof hiking ahead. I had never been to the Hetch-Hetchy reservoir, but had grown up enjoying the Sierra snow melt as my every day water. Walking for only the second time in my life with a backpack, I easily negotiated the first part of the trail. Mixing with day hikers, we casually enjoyed the sun, and made it about 3.5 miles in before we took our first real break. The remainder of the first day was a little more difficult, as we had switchbacks and slick granite to negotiate. We managed to stumble into camp with enough time to build a fire and enjoy tasty bratwurst.
Things changed on Friday. We took a few day hikes, but didn’t change camp… and by nightfall, the rain had started. We had a delicious dinner of freeze dried chicken and mashed potatoes topped off by a few plastic cups of Fog Mountain Merlot, one of Boisset Family Estates newest products. It is perfect for camping as it comes in a 1 Liter PET bottle. After we emptied that bottle, we used it as a water bottle for the remainder of the trip.
The wine was great but the weather was far from it. It rained for 12 hours straight. You can imagine the feeling inside the tent, and in the campground as the rain pounded. Gloomy campers we were indeed. The next morning, we packed up our now very heavy gear for the 7 mile return to the car, and we encountered countless new waterfalls falling across the trail on the slow trek back.
In the end, after a hot shower and a change of clothes, I was able to laugh about our adventure. I love living in the wine country, but sometimes you just have to get away.