16 September: Feasting with friends in the sunshine

Author: Mrs A

Location: Atascadero and Three Rivers, California, USA

Sunday: After a light breakfast it was time for a jacuzzi. Does life get any better than this? Mr A and I then packed up the car and we all headed back to the Paso Robles wine district and Niner Wine Estates for lunch.Set in beautifully landscaped grounds and housed in a modern stone building, lunch was served outside on a courtyard. The estate grows much of its own produce as well as all the wine served, with a philosophy of sourcing local and in season produce.Lunch was delicious – every ingredient carefully chosen and perfectly prepared. Incredible wine also accompanied our food…the perfect ingredients for a long lazy afternoon.However, Mr A and I were heading off, aiming for our next destination inland. Dave, SJ, Tim and Moki accompanied us into Paso Robles to the supermarket, where we farewelled our friends and headed off.We drove through ever changing scenery to Three Rivers, a little settlement in the foothills of Sequoia National Park.

We’ve holed up in a hotel for the night, a simple meal of tomatoes, hummus and wraps accompanied by Netflix. All is good – we’re looking forward to exploring more tomorrow once we’re in the national park proper.

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