This morning we were up bright and early–Aidan decided he was done sleeping well before Mom and Dad were. After getting things together and having a quick bite, we set out on a sunrise ride around the Napa Valley.
There’s something quite peaceful about the valley just before the sun breaks over the eastern hills. Everything seemed to stand still, we were nearly all alone as we headed North on Highway 29–the hustle and bustle of the day, the tourists, etc. had yet to begin. Passing through Yountville, Oakville and into St. Helena we noted that most of the mustard is now gone and most of the vines have been pruned and sit waiting for the first signs of life.
The air had a cool, crisp feel to it, and as the sun broke and lit up the Mayacamas to the west, we found ourselves enjoying the smell of newness in the air. The smell of fresh flowers and trees blooming combined with the sounds of tractors running through the vineyard rows mowing down the growth, led us to one of those ‘we’re so happy we live here’ moments.
After making our way through Calistoga and heading south on Silverado Trail, we made note of the first signs of bud break in the northern portion of the valley. The vineyards immediately to the north of Mumm Napa are already showing fairly significant signs of life. By now, the sun was well overhead and the birds were chirping loudly–it was a great start to a beautiful day.