KOA Fun and Calitstoga, CA!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2006
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

It's another sunny, warm day in wine country! Chris got up really early and went to th gym, so I could go to the chripractor again this morning for another adjustment on my neck before we head north to Redwood National Park. The boys were having so much fun playing with some new friends at the KOA campground, so we decided to go to Calistoga after lunch.

The campground was packed with kids for Mother's Day weekend, but they met a Coast Guard family we really liked alot. (Alina, Austin, Avry, and Mom Denise and Dad Michael). They all had so much fun riding bikes, scooters, and Keegan's waveboard was a big hit for everyone to try and learn to ride. After playtime we ventured northeast to the Calistoga area.

We heard Calistoga was a quaint town and our first stop was the Petrified Forest, where the redwood trees years ago were knocked over by volcanic ash and lava and eventually turned to rock. This has been a tourist attraction since the 1870's believe it or not. We walked around the self-guided tour for thirty minutes or so and by then you've seen more than enough. Next stop about ten minutes away was the Faithful Geyser of the West.    

The geyser shoots up 50-60 feet in the air every 15-20 minutes with Mt. St. Helena in the background. There's an underground river that flows over the hot molten lava rocks, heats up, and as the pressure gets strong enough forces the water up and out at 350 degrees F.
They also had sheep, lama, and goats to feed. Next stop was downtown.

Calistoga was a quaint, old western-style town with shops, restaurants, and more wine tasting. Mary, the shopowner of a candle store and wine tasting was the highlight of our visit. Her family has been in the winery business for years and she was a wine tasting conousieer. She talked faster than me, was full of energy and was full of stories, history, and things to do in the area. Every time she gave Chris a tasting of wine, she had one too. Can't imagine how much she drinks in a day if she keeps up with all of her customers!

As we left her store, the boys each gave me a gift for Mother's Day. They both picked out a special candle from her store and bought them with their own money to give to me. Collin gave me a heart-shaped candle that said, "I Love You Mom" and Keegan chose a lavender scented one in a neat tin. I love candles and their thoughtfulness made my day! 

After an early dinner at Checker's (not the fast food one), we drove home by way of Silverado Trail, where you see one winery's fields and tasting rooms after another. We got back to KOA around 7:00 in time to see our new friends some more. We invited them over for a campfire and smore making. They also brought over a Star Wars movie and the action figures too to play with. Keegan has been reading the Star Wars series of books and was thrilled to see his first SW movie. 

We have loved our stay here! We will miss our new friends, the petting zoo, and the beautiful flowers and scenery. Keegan wants to live at the Petaluma KOA for the rest of his life!!! -Kelly
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