Sunday, October 22, 2017

Remembering California State Route 128









The year 2014 sure seems like a long, long time ago. That year we went on a spring California road trip. We have many favorite stops, and this year I was meeting a fellow blogger. We began our favorite parts of our California journey right there in the wine country of Napa and Sonoma. We took California State Route 128 to get into that vineyard landscape. We have a few favorite places to stay and we love a few restaurants right there in the heart of all those growing grapes. We left the interstate where State Route 128 hooked up. This little route is beautiful with its rolling hills. Jack made it memorable in 2014 when he became very focused and determined on that windy drive. He found a safe and private place to park. He got out of the car and ignored my asking why we were stopping. He rounded the car, opened my door and took my hand. Then things got interesting. He put me over the seat of the car and bared me. The open car doors gave us privacy, but we saw no one. He spanked me in the great outdoors on that warm spring day and it was delicious. An outside good girl in the middle of all those vineyards! You can read about it here.

The California fires were horrific. The photos are hard to believe. We have given money over and over again to the Red Cross for the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands and the fires of California. We hope with all our hearts that normal returns soon for everyone. We missed our annual visit to those beautiful vineyards. 

We did our road trip much differently taking in Yosemite and deciding not to even approach cities north of the Golden Gate. Back on the interstate, we saw the big sign. State route 128 was among many road closures listed on the big electric reader board. I hope our favorite little road and the surrounding vineyards recover and soon. 

May the vineyards recover and the people of Napa and Sonoma keep the faith and build for the future. We will be back, Route 128! 

Meredith

23 comments:

  1. Amen to that Meredith. We can only hope that rebuilding and recovery will be swift, my heart goes out to those who have lost so much.
    I hope one day in the near future that you and Jack can make it back to your Route 128 to relive that delicious memory. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Laurel,
      Thank you for stopping by to be so encouraging about "our " route 128. It will recover.
      M

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  2. Bittersweet and yet poignant. I much like you wish for better times for all those affected by the fires. Yes, I see you back on your sentimental route in the future, but you have sweet memories in the interim.
    Mignon

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    1. Mignon,
      What would we ever do without our memories???
      M

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  3. Hi Meredith, what wonderful memories of a wonderful trip :)

    The fires are absolutely horrific and my thoughts go out to all who have been affected.

    Hugs
    Roz

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  4. 8000 lost homes and businesses. Rebuilding will take a very long time but as things reopen, we can all show our support by visiting. Road trip ladies?! Amy

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    1. Amy,
      Now wouldn't that be fun........ the women of ttwd on a road trip together!!!!
      M

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  5. I agree with the others, Mere...thoughts and prayers going out to those who were affected. You do have some wonderful memories...hope when rebuilding is done, you're able to make some more memories.

    Hugs and blessings...Cat

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  6. Hi Meredith, we have been watching with horror the terrible fires, our thoughts are with everyone involved.
    love Jan, xx

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  7. We have also been watching the terrible devastation in California. It’s hard to watch the distress of people who’ve lost their homes and our hearts go out to them.

    I went back to read your post (or, rather, Jack’s post) on the roadside spanking. You’ll always have that sweet memory but you may have to wait some time before going back to create new ones.

    Glad you enjoyed your recent trip.
    Rosie xx

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  8. There is nothing like a spanking in the great outdoors. That's just yummy. California is in crisis and it's so very sad and scary.

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    1. PK,
      As you have said to me before, there is nothing more sexy than a husband spanking his wife.
      M

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  9. Glad you have the memory of 128, it will probably be a long while before it looks that way again. I heard the weather forecast today and the conditions are ripe for more wildfires. Praying for 'wetter' weather.

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    1. Sunny Girl,
      I checked and the road closures are still in place. Recovery will take lots of time.
      M

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  10. Such a sad post for such sad events. We have a favorite fishing spot in the western mountains that was ravaged by fires years ago. It was devastating to the beautiful range and surrounding mountain lakes.

    Nature works its magic quicker than we expect. It is the rebuilding of the structures that will take the time.

    Thanks for the update, Mere,
    Ella

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    1. Ella,
      And the money it takes to make all that happen!!!
      Thanks for your input,
      M

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  11. The wineries are open and begging for business, it's getting to them that is difficult. So much was lost in the fires. Thanks for doing such a poignant post on it.

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  12. Hi Meredith,:) The devastating destruction from the fires in CA, have been heartbreaking to read about. I feel so awful for those who have lost their homes, loved ones, pets... meaningful things. I hope that the people involved are getting the support that they need, as they start to rebuild. I've seen many positive reports of people giving- of their time, dollars, and kindness. It reminds us that there are caring people all around. It's good to see that- especially during this time in our country.

    Glad to hear what Blondie mentioned above, about the wineries being open. Hope that the passageways are cleared and made safe as soon as possible. I also hope that one day you will find your way through route 128, and that Jack will entertain you once again, on a little country road, with a spanky hand! Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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  13. my best wishes to everyone affected by the fires...

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