Monday, September 16, 2019

This Post Isn't About Fishing

In years past, I've talked about our trips to Hendy Woods State Park in the beautiful little town of Philo, California. OK, maybe not so beautiful, but it is little.

This trip isn't about fishing, it's about wine tasting. The Anderson Valley is one of the premier wine producing areas of California. They tend to lean more toward red's than whites. 

I, myself, don't drink wine so I'm the DD.

Here's a little story about the DD:

Cop comes up to a bar and says "I'm going to nail one of those drunks when they go home for the night." Out the door comes one guy, staggering, falling down, and can barely make it to his truck. Cop thinks, got him. I'll nail him when he leaves. Over a period of time, person after person leaves the bar until the only vehicle left in the lot was the first guy. Finally he sits up, starts his truck and drives out of the lot.
Cop pulls him over and gives him a sobriety test. Stone cold sober. "But I watched you stumble out of the bar drunk as a skunk. What's the deal?" "I'm the DD, the guy says. Designated Decoy."

In my case DD is designated Driver.

We visited several wineries and purchased wine (I'm also the financier) that one can only get at the winery. They don't sell to stores.

By the end of the second day, I was feeling like I needed to take out a second on the house to pay for the wine. That stuff ain't cheap. This is not Ripple we're talking about here.

Just so you don't feel left out, here are some of the shots we took a couple years ago. You've seen it once, that's pretty much all you need. With these kind of trees, to see change, you'd have to come back about the year 2525. Don't forget to listen to that song on YouTube. 

The forest

More forest

That tree was there when Columbus discovered America. 

Little plaque

Hobbit house
Last trip of the year. It's supposed to start raining this morning. How's that for timing?

Now I can get down to fishing again. By the way, our "out of control" garden is producing some interesting Winter Squash. More on that another time. Tomatoes are in a wire cage 2 feet wide and six feet long. The cage is so full you have to thin it out to find the tomatoes and trim the top of the plants as they have reached the 6' high mark and growing higher. 

That's it for now. 

Stay tuned. 


  1. Enjoyed being a DR here (designated reader) sympathizing with your winery tour, because my wife drags me along on her Finger Lakes winery tours when I'd much rather hit the breweries nearby, or at least get some fishing done!

  2. Mark
    Not a wine drinker, but I will enjoy a good brew now and then, I still remember our trip to the red woods with Jason. I hope the fires never gets close to those gentle giants.
    The tomato cage has got my curiosity up----how about sharing a post how you grow them?

  3. haha very good your story Mark, from Tierra del Fuego, a hug, I always read your blog ... very interesting, I also see you commenting on Alan's small stream reflection.

    1. Thank you, Armando. Greetings back to Terra del Fuego.

  4. DD, wine, moonshine, hobbits, I'll say it's a post not about fishing. Enjoyable yes...good song 2525

  5. Looks like a really cool place! Wonderful photos!

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