Anyway, My Three Bosses, who are gracious and delightful and extremely generous (and I would say that even if annual reviews were not pending) make sure to close the office periodically for a day of company fun and bonding. We're like family, only with less dysfunction.
Friday we started with a train ride from Van Nuys, ending in historic Santa Barbara.
They say it's like sex, right, once you learn it always comes right back to you, no matter how long it's been? Mostly, it did. though I had no clue how to shift gears. Or how to brake.
Steering was also an issue. Besides those minor points, I did fine.
See the pictures of me wobbling on the bike? No you don't, and no you won't. I feel very proud that I only ate it once, on the pier, and it was really the wind's fault. Not the fact that I was going too fast for my skillset and I forgot how to brake and that wobbling thing again. (Let's keep this between us, okay? Since nobody from work actually got to see my faceplant.)
A generous application of wine does minimize the pain of fresh bruises. Taken internally.
The wine country scenery was spectacular. I simply couldn't take my eyes off it.
|Eric O'Donnell & Adam Sachs, our fabulous drivers |
They also do kayaking, horseback riding, paddleboarding... incredibly versatile
And they prepared our lunch.
Speaking of scenery, there were landscapes, too.
Did I mention we were drinking wine?
|Our lunch was on a large covered gazebo with this view.|
|The sky was amazing. We had some light rain, even a rainbow.|
|Vista from the Firestone wine tasting room.|
|I love the P.S. on this sign. And you do look nice today! That's not the wine speaking; you do.|
For those with a sweet tooth, the last stop combined wine and cupcake tasting. Who doesn't savor a tasty little cupcake?
I mean savoring these cupcakes.
|At Saarloos, we drank wine, while tasting cupcakes specifically created to complement each wine's flavor. |
Six of them, from a lemon-cranberry to a chocolate maple that was To Die For.
Our wonderful drivers were kind enough to share some interesting stories about their tour guide experiences. (Naming no names, of course.) I found much inspiration and ideas for my WIP, and perhaps even the next one.
|Adam spotted me taking pictures of the famous fig tree as he was driving out, |
and shared my delight is its utter amazingness.
|Moreton Bay Fig Tree - THE largest Ficus macrophylla in the entire U.S |
The branches, the size, and the root system are simply breathtaking in person.
Look at the bicycle in the foreground for perspective.
All good things, even a day in Santa Barbara drinking wine and enjoying
|Sunset over the water, seen from the train window.|
I feel refreshed, renewed, and filled with ideas for all kinds of smutty stories.
How about you? Have you taken a day off from writing that helped you write?
Or have any of these pictures given you ideas or inspiration?