December 6, 2015 – The birthdays

Where has the time gone!? Here it is another birthday. George and I are celebrating together as usual but we seem older and gimpier this year. I turn 67 and George is 72. We both have knee problems. It’s been a lot of birthday celebrations since I was 29 and he was 34.

This year we are spending the birthdays in Lodi. We are going to three wineries and having dinner at a place called Wine and Roses which is a hotel, event center, and restaurant.

I am expecting that wineries in Lodi will be garage-type affairs or maybe off the back of someone’s pick-up truck. But, no! The first place we go to, Oak Hill Farm is beautiful. The wine is tasty and the server knowledgeable.

Mary, Karen, and George in front of Oak Farm Winery
Mary, Karen, and George in front of Oak Farm Winery

 

George and Mary with vintage car (like us!)
George and Mary with vintage car (like us!)
Interior of Oak Farm Winery
Interior of Oak Farm Winery

We go to a couple of other wineries but they are more like my original idea of Lodi wineries. They appear to be repurposed  bungalows. The wine is just okay.

For lunch we stop at the Lodi Airport Airport Cafe. It has been suggested to us by the server at Oak Farm. It’s right on the runway of the local airport! It kind of reminds me of the Airport Inn in Red Bank. The fare is sort of upscale lunch stuff but my eggplant sandwich is greasy and the fries served with it are enough for three people. John munches some of them but there are still plenty left over.

Mary in front of the Lodi Airport Cafe.
Mary in front of the Lodi Airport Cafe.

Later in the afternoon we check into our rooms at the Wine and Roses Event Center/Hotel/Restaurant. After a little nap and shower we meet for drinks and dinner.

Karen and George in the bar
Karen and George in the bar
Mary and John in the bar
Mary and John in the bar

The food is good but is somewhat spoiled by a very noisy group who hover around our table shrieking, hugging and high-fiving each other. We are not the most popular people in the place when we complain. George and John are very annoyed and I am glad the whole encounter ended with no one getting punched!

Another celebration done.  Happy Birthday to us!

 

 

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