07 August, 2011

HONEYMOON - Day 2, Planning & Shopping

After a long, comfortable sleep in our king-sized bed we joined our host, Carol, and a lovely young couple (Brian and Neve) from Ireland for a 9 AM breakfast of eggs with spinach, sausage, fruit, toast, tomatoes with feta, coffee, juice, and a sweet danish. A delicious first breakfast at this adorable B&B. We talked of Brian & Neve's trip into Yosemite the day before and what they experienced. They gave us some good insight on parking, wait times, what they saw... and before they left the B&B that day, they even gave us their Yosemite parking voucher so we could use it for the rest of the week. How nice!

We spent a few hours after breakfast looking at maps and searching the world wide web to plan our week, making sure we could hit all the places we definitely want to see, and figuring out which things we need to buy to make some of the more strenuous hikes in Yosemite National Park.

We ended up deciding to get up super early tomorrow morning to start our Yosemite adventures... so today, we hit the town of Coarsegold and stopped at several little shops (including one named Rocks, Gems, and Junk... yes, those kinds of shops). 

We spent some time talking with the gent who owns After Wine Designs, and we might have purchased a deck chair and table set made out of wine barrels if we had the extra cash (or a deck on which to put said chairs and table!). We stopped for an iced coffee at Zanders and admired the necklaces made from Scrabble pieces. We followed a sign that said "Point of Historical Interest" and stumbled upon Fresno Flats where we took a self-guided tour.

Wanting to take a rest from the 90 degree heat, we sought out Idle Hour Winery and spent just under an hour tasting 5 of their local wines, which Joseph (the one employee) poured out for us. We met and talked with Anna (the owner) and learned a little bit of their wine-making process from her.

 She also owns the Queens Inn, which has a wine bar & beer garden and features live music on Friday nights... so, I think we have our Friday evening plans in place.

We ended the day celebrating my husband's 30th birthday with a luxurious dinner at The Narrow Gauge. A bottle of wine, a course of fondue, and two delicious entrees later (he got the "Sportsman's Special" of antelope, elk, and wild boar chops), we fell into our beds after a wonderful second day.

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