For me, looking at the sets and hearing from friends online and across the country we excruciating. Usually we find ourselves out on the road earlier in the summer, but this summer was different. This summer we were at the mercy of long travels to shows, job conflicts and plain bad timing. The trip down was beautiful. It’s always nice to get out of the fog and cold up here. We drove down 101 through the sun with a few stops off to visit wineries and do a bit of tasting.