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RiverCat Journal: Wine Country

Posted by on April 11, 2012

Current Venue:  Petaluma, CA
Campground: Petaluma KOA
Day Trip:  Wine Country and American Canyon, CA


I was intending to leave today but couldn’t decide where to go!  So, I stayed.

I did find a terrific resource, however.  Mapquest.  Sure, long before GPS was popular, I used the site for driving directions…and then all but forgot about it.  But a friend re-introduced it to me.  The really cool thing is that you can select an area, then choose a category like “campgrounds”, and it will create pushpins of all the campgrounds in that area with a profile of each one.

But that’s not the best part.  You can choose as many categories as you like.  I selected casinos to see my proximity to work.  Whammo!  A different-colored pushpin for all the cardrooms in the area.  Now I can see how close the campgrounds are to the cardrooms — Awesome!  I’ll be using Mapquest quite a bit.  It sure saved me the headache of going to San Jose.  The campgrounds are simply too far of a commute.

So, tomorrow, I head to the Stockton/Lodi area.

Today I visited wine country.  I’m not a wine expert, but I do know this — grapes grow near green rolling hills with small patches of lush trees that look as real as a model train set.  Don’t ask me why, but I believe these most picturesque landscapes are required to keep these grapes happy…


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4 Responses to RiverCat Journal: Wine Country

  1. Pleinguy

    Glad you find MapQuest helpful. I stopped using it years ago, as I found it often gives poor results. I can’t depend upon it for accurately locating places.

  2. Valerie

    Great photos! We love following your adventures. Looks like you are seeing a lot of great places!

  3. RiverCat

    Mapquest certainly isn’t perfect. But for my purpose, general proximities, I think it’s going to do the trick. I can always double-check when I call the campground…

  4. MJ

    I want some!

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