I am back from my trip up to the Napa Valley. Below you will find a small sampling of the photos that Mikal took. I’ll also be posting a couple of videos just for giggles.
Old Faithful geyser in Calistoga.
Four-horned goat at the petting zoo.
May I present to you a Guard Llama. Interesting story to that one – you see, fainting goats were bred specifically for the fainting trait, and would be put into pastures along with more valuable livestock so that when a predator approached, the goat would faint and be easy prey for the predator to occupy him so that the threat could be dealt with without a greater loss to the herd. Unfortunately, the goats can’t really live on their own, so llamas were trained to guard the goats – that way if they did their fainting thing when a predator came they would have some protection against the whole group of goats being slaughtered. Thus, guard llamas.
Fainting kid-goats. They were generally very stranger-danger shy, but adorably cute.
I’m on top of the world!
Pano of hiking train in the mountains.
Candice for scale.
Absolutely beautiful red-wooded brush/tree we saw quite a few of. Had beautiful tiny bell-shaped flowers.
Chateau Montelena exterior. Didn’t go in, but that’s on the to-do list next time.
Picture of the castle (different castle, more pictures later) as seen from a lift gondola.
View of a bit of the Napa Valley from the lift gondola.
Holy monkeys – that’s a LOT of wine.
Even more wine!
Approaching the second castle.
A handsom rooster that was rather loudly proclaiming himself every 15 seconds.
The castle has a moat… and chickens and ducks and geese and farm geese and goats and emus and turkeys….
Courtyard with tour group inside castle.
Ginormous barrel inside a pseudo-cellar in the castle.
The chickens have a tree-roost.
Emus sit funny. They’re just all around funny birds.
Want some pettings?
Please don’t eat my fingers.
It finally studiously ignored me long enough for me to pet it. The feathers are structured much like a peacock’s, and have a similar texture.
This turkey was puffing itself up to intimidate the emu. Was amusing to watch.
I don’t take pictures of food, which actually makes me sad on this. We finally got to eat at the restaurant of the culinary school I will eventually attend, and it was amazing. I had the ruby trout, and Mikal had the roasted farm chicken. The chicken was moist and tender and everything it should have been. The trout was amazing. I had nearly given up on non-shell fish for the most part, but decided to give this a chance at Mikal’s insistence. I cannot adequately describe how perfect it was. It melted on the tongue, was not dry in the least, and had the most amazing flavor. So amazingly good. While I would normally never pay this much for food, but I have to say this was actually worth every penny.