Happy May Day, a day late. The cacti are blooming profusely and the Palo Verde trees are thick with beautiful yellow blossoms.
You know, it is amazing what comes in via e-mail. Caught in my spam folder today were e-mails announcing both “Financial aide” and the sale of “Luxurious Private Jets.” I wonder which one I should answer!
But, back to my San Diego Wild West Media Tour. Except for enjoying SW Michigan’s beautiful green and purple vineyards every year as I drove through, I know little about the making of wine…or the drinking of it for that matter. The Hawk Watch Winery near Warner Springs, CA, was a pleasant experience. Red chairs and white chairs were placed to look out from the rocky hillside over the orchards and beyond to the mountains.
Inside were travelers who had stopped by for a spur-of-the-moment wine tasting and they appeared to understand the lingo and appreciate the various tastes and fragrances. Since I am more into whine than wine, I’ll quote the owner’s description, “our ‘old world’ winemaking practices are time honored techniques that result in full bodied, intense, bold red wines and elegant, fruit-driven whites.”
Their dream in 2001 was to build a small mountain winery and do the entire hands-on winemaking process themselves, hoping to produce a premium bottle of wine. That dream became a reality in 2008 when Lisa and Mike Schnell opened the Hawk Watch Winery with their excitement, enthusiasm, and just plain hard work. They continue to do all the steps of winemaking by themselves.
It just goes to show ya, persistence pays off! God Bless until next week.
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At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”