Posted on March 9, 2014
The 5K I never ran + wine tasting in Carmel Valley
I woke up bright and early yesterday, blogged, folded some laundry and got ready to head to the Run Or Dye 5K. I left my house at 8:07 <-nerd alert, to drive about 10 minutes to Laguna Seca Raceway for the 9:00am start.
Traffic was backed up big time and since most folks were coming from Salinas on the 2 lane highway 68, it was backed up for several miles.
The raceway is about 3 miles up the road and I had no idea the lane I was in was for the race – there wasn’t a sign facing my way. Plus it wasn’t even close to the raceway so I figured there was another event going on somewhere else. I got out of it and headed to the raceway per the Run Or Dye website.
I got there only to be funneled through another line of traffic, asked if I was there for the foot race or motor race and be told to turn around and head back the way I came. Frustrated- and I am putting that very mildly, there was only one way back so I was stuck.
After 1.5 hours in traffic – not joking I asked a police officer how much longer to the parking lot and he said oh, about 3-4 miles. Not gonna happen, I turned around and went home.
It was 9:45 and miles of cars were still backed up to get in. In my opinion, this race was completely overbooked and inefficiently organized. I had a comp entry in exchange for an honest review, and these other folks paid their hard earned cash to participate in a 5K fun run that they couldn’t even get into. What a huge letdown.
Still grumpy about the fiasco, I decided to do my own 5K, after all I’m sure the world wanted to live.
It’s amazing how a good run can completely change my perspective.
After a quick shower, we filled our bellies with burgers, fries + coffee, which totally makes anything better. Then Mike had a brilliant idea to go wine tasting in Carmel Valley. The weather was absolutely perfect, so we put the top down and went for a drive.
Sunshine, wine + hanging with my favorite dude. My kind of party!
First stop was Cowgirl Winery. The wine was just okay, but the western ambiance was right up our alley.
Mike spotted a couple enjoying wine + cheese on the bed of a tractor and had to snap a pic. He asked how long they were dating and they said it was their 2nd date. Mike said, you’re doing a great job bro. Ha!
Then we hopped next door to Talbott Vineyards.
It was so fun to chill out around the bar and check out their awesome décor.
We wandered around outside, because I am solar powered and have a hard time staying inside when the sun is out.
There are at least 15 wineries within a couple blocks. It was the perfect way to spend the afternoon with my dude.
We even popped into an olive oil/balsamic tasting room where Mike picked up a Tuscan balsamic + I found a lime infused EVOO that will go perfectly on a fresh spring salad. Dang, now I sound all fufu and stuff. Someone get me to a dirt road ASAP.
Our last stop was Mercy Winery, our favorite of the 3. We both loved their Sauvignon Blanc. I prefer steel cask over oak and I was light, crisp + perfect.
On the way home we stopped into Earthbound Farm to explore for a bit.
It was a pretty incredible day for having no plans.
Happy Birfday to my favorite nerdy friend Melissa!!
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