Time for the annual birthday celebration of Cherryl and Dave (married with birthdays three days apart) and Jim (my guy) who's birthday follows a week later!
WINE TASTING IN PASO ROBLES!
and such good wine too... not!
For some strange reason Dave bought this in the liquor store on Friday night.
I just liked the color.
We drove up late Friday afternoon and met Dave's sister, Nancy and her husband, who drove down from the Bay area. A little vino in our hotel rooms (not this crap though) then off to dinner in town!
We have never seen so many wine glasses at one table... Great food - this was my dinner (I ate it all)...
Then off to check out the local hot spots - found this one!
Jim had some nice scotch, Larry & Dave had something-or-others and the ladies had foo-foo martinis (all great!).
Then a walk around the downtown central park.
Where we found a local's truck...
And Jim & Larry couldn't resist posing as the locals... Back to the hotel where I pulled out all the birthday decorations!
My tradition is to decorate us.
Here is the birthday princess with her fabulous jewelery.
And a few of the many faces of Jim...
And all of us!
SATURDAY - TIME TO GO WINE TASTING!
We took our decorations and set out on Highway 46 East.
Tried a couple of new ones and a few we had been to before.
Dave skipped the wine but wanted a bloody mary, so we hit the local golf course for that.
Cherryl, Heather & Nancy
Nancy, Cherryl & Dave
We went to our favorite winery, Penman Springs and between the Malcolm's & the Donnell's, we pretty much bought the place out...
Great wines, nice people and wonderful snacks! Spent a little time with George, the winery cat at Rio Seco.
He kept putting his paw on my wallet.
Hmmmmm... did they train him to do that?
Then it started raining!
Dave, Cherryl, Nancy & Larry went back to the hotel, and Jim & I made a last stop at a new winery, Vino Robles - what a beautiful huge tasting room!
Reasonable prices too (yikes, how are we going to fit this all in our car?)...
Then back to the hotel for a soak in the jacuzzi (in the rain!), snacks and to prepare for another dinner and night out on the town.
This must be how Jim prepares to go out...
Jim & Heather
Dave & Cherryl, the birthday kids at dinner
Dave's dinner - "Elk" and beans in a pumpkin...
Everything was beautilly presented and wonderful!
Our sense of humor and decorations were wonderful too.
Remember, this is a few days before Halloween...
Larry, Nancy & Heather Then off to a couple local watering spots.
Ended up back at The Crooked Kilt, where the happenings were happening with their Halloween party!
I loved this scary tree! Watched the crowd for awhile then walked back through town to the hotel.
Even the front desk manager liked our decorations!
Jim & I crashed - the rest stayed up for another hour or so.
Then the hugs & goodbyes the next morning and we headed for home...
The embarrasing part was emptying the car and unloading all of this:
Another wonderful annual birthday celebration for Cherryl, Dave and Jim!
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