I think you guys have figured this out by now but we just go away for a while and then come back abruptly. At least we have a lot to talk about.

We took a trip out west to one of our favorite cities, San Francisco. We spent a day and a half in Napa taking a chance to go to the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and to Del Dotto Vineyards. Del Dotto stores their barrels in huge dugout caves and their tastings are INCREDIBLY generous. We then headed into SF where we ate at Marufuku Ramen and took a history and food tour of Chinatown and Little Italy. We ended our trip with a drive down to San Jose to take a two hour tour of the Winchester Mystery House, a 160 room mansion built by the widow of the heir to the Winchester rifle company Sarah Winchester. This mansion has stair that lead to nowhere, doors that open up to a 15 foot drop off the side of the house, skylights that never see the sky and windows that never catch the sun, it is bizarre but beautiful.