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Up, Up & Away We Go

Two of my favorite movies (Up & Away We Go) perfectly describe our morning – a hot air balloon ride!!!  I would have given you a heads up that this was happening but we didn’t tell my mom until after we safely arrived back on the ground.  Her exact text response after I sent her this picture was: “You have got to be kidding me?!? Did you pressure Phil into doing this?  I’m going to throw up now!  Thanks for telling me after!” For the record, this was 100% Phil’s idea.  Isn’t he the coolest dad ever?!?!

It was beautiful and the perfect way to experience Napa Valley, which I also learned today is only 30 miles long and 5 miles wide.  And somehow 500 wineries are packed in there…crazy!!  Anyways, I loved it, Phil loved it.  If you ever get the chance (in Napa, or elsewhere) you should try it!  I posted a few of my favorite pics at the end of this post.

After the ride and some celebratory champagne, we went to our final winery of the trip: Artesa.  It is literally built into the sides of the mountains and was breathtaking!  We had our best, most knowledgeable tour guide, Austin, so I learned A LOT!  The wine was good and reasonably priced but I think Phil and I were both a bit wined out.  Case in point, Phil bought ZERO wine and almost forgot to ask for information about their wine Club! It was the perfect way to end our Napa/Sonoma winery experience.

We spent some time in downtown Napa before heading to our hotel in Oakland where we are currently eating pizza and watching baseball.  We fly home early tomorrow morning.  I’ll post something in the next few days with some more general, take-away thoughts from the week, but for now will just say IT WAS FREAKING AWESOME and I loved it!

And before you go, a few pictures from above:


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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