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White Water Rafting - Chili Bar

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Over the last couple of years I've been fortunate enough to go river rafting with W.E.T. a few times and this year I invited a few friends on a last minute trip. We decided to go Friday afternoon and we were on the river early Saturday morning (other people on our raft flew in from Texas and drove from Oakland). It was my first time on the Chili Bar section of the American River and it was fun, adding to the excitement .... a friend falling out of the raft in some of the rapids and getting our raft stuck on a rock for a few minutes. Thankfully, no injuries and everyone had a great time. Looking forward to my next trip soon.
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Napa Art Walk, CA State Fair, Soccer, and Ice Cream

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In two weeks I've been to the California State Fair three times, been to four soccer games, headed to Wine Country a few times, and, of course, enjoyed some fabulous food and wine along the way.

In Napa I've been enjoying some of the items from Crush Ultra Lounge that I haven't had before, including a fantastic burger and sliders. I've also headed up into the vineyards to see Veraison take place (when red wine grapes go from green to red), and took an opportunity to walk through Downtown Napa and check out the latest installment of the Napa Art Walk.

In Sacramento I took full advantage of having Sacramento Republic soccer tickets that included admission into the State Fair, with three trips to the fair, the wine pavilion and farm, county exhibits, and of course food on a stick (chicken kabobs were amazing, turkey leg too).

Other food outings included brunch at High Hand in Loomis, happy hour at Florez, lunch at Cabos, and I couldn't resist celebrating National Ice …

A Fourth of July Tradition Continues

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It's not often that my family really has true traditions, mainly because we're always up for something new and schedules often change, but Fourth of July seems to be a tradition, at least over the last few years. We continued the "tradition" again this year at the Bradley Lodge. Although we all arrived on different days and I left the earliest, the Fourth of July Weekend was a fun one. We went to the pool, enjoyed some fabulous food, went to the grand re-opening of The Lube Room, headed to the Arnold Fourth of July Parade, and went to Ironstone Vineyards to see Shane Dwight and an hour long fireworks show!

I left early Sunday to be back to see the USA Women win 5-2 in the Women's World Cup, but hopefully I'll be back to the Bradley Lodge soon, I hadn't been to the mountains since November 2014.
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San Francisco x2, Scotts Valley, and Lots of Pictures

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In one week, I was in San Francisco twice, once for a meeting with a radio station, plus a seminar on Yelp, then again for a Giants game. Both trips had their pros, but seeing Buster Posey hit a grand slam may have helped trip two win. Between the trips to SF, I was in Roseville (tried a few new places including Four Sisters Cafe and Porters House of Draft), Napa, Sacramento, and Scotts Valley. In Scotts Valley a friend and I continued to help my brother and his family unpack and get settled into their new house over the weekend. While we were there a few days during the week, I worked during the day (my friend was able to keep helping with the unpacking), then at night we headed out for fun ... dinner at Zelda's in Capitola, ice cream at Marianne's, hanging out on the beach at Seabright, and a fabulous dinner at home.

Back in Napa, I took a few hours to walk around the property and snap photos that may end up on our social media over the course of the next few months. Althou…