Saturday, October 16, 2010

Julian, California

Late start today, must be the sea air!

Today's agenda was to find the sun and since it wasn't coming to us we decided to drive inland. I had read about Julian on a San Diego tourism site and at a mere 67 miles away it seemed like a good choice.

Thankfully, about 20 miles into the trip we saw sunny hillsides!

After a lunch stop and snack run we found the turnoff for route 79 which is Cali's answer to our Hwy 94. Twisty curving back country roads, but the scenery was awesome!

It seemed like it took forever to get to the town but it was packed with people! It was crazy with horse drawn carriage rides, several restaurants, bakeries selling apple pies, a cemetery tour, antiques & more. It reminded us of Hermann, Mo.

Two miles further down the road we stumbled on Menghini Winery where we tasted 3 whites and 3 reds, bought a souvenir tasting glass and a bottle of their Merlot. And, talk about a small world; we ran into a woman from St.Charles, Missouri plus discovered the winery tanks were made by Zero Mfg of Washington, Missouri!

The trip back was speedy, but cloudy as we bid adieu to the sun.

Dinner plans are up in the air...maybe fish tacos at the beach!

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