Yountville and Napa Olive Harvest

We were invited to an olive harvest party and we chose to take the Airstream to make it into a short adventure. After reserving Ranger Flat at Skyline Wilderness Park, we were set. The harvest was to be on Saturday, and our reservations began on Friday, October 29, for three nights. When we arrived, there had been so much rain that we couldn’t stay in Ranger Flat, so instead they put us in site 10 right below it.
Getting up in the morning we arrived at the harvest and had a blast. There were 50 trees, around 20 people that picked and once we started, we all finished around 1:30 and had a great buffet lunch. Afterwards we all visited, went for walks, swam in the pool and helped get the dinner going which was to be Paella. It was a fabulous day, evening, quite the adventure and wonderful to see the family.

The setting is beautiful and very relaxing. Food, drink and company made the day fun.

Different varieties, but all Tuscan.

There are homemade buckets to put your pickings in.

We almost filled this!

A total of over 400 pounds was picked. Nothing was left on the ground either.

And if you could not pick olives you could do crafts with Chloe!

Love the matching hats and smiles!

When taking a walk, the tower house came into view.

Halloween is tomorrow!

All the grapes are now harvested.

Making Paella is an almost all day job, and so exciting to see it cooked over this open fire!

Dinner was enjoyed by all!

The next day, Halloween, we had brunch at the house, visited again, then went into Yountville and walked around. In the midafternoon, back at the campground, we took the Buckeye Trial up to Lake Marie and the Manzanita Trail back. We also decided to stay another night because of weather at home and made that reservation online for the same site.

It’s strange to be on the trial and come across this trough and see gold fish.

Lime kilns on the trail.

Lake Marie

Walking back and the stone wall is impressive as is the view.

Monday we went into Napa and had lunch at Gotts Road House with family, walked around Napa and just made it back to camp before heavy rain. The next morning, we woke up, hitched up and headed home. It’s great now that we can stay longer, or shorter and not worry about getting back to work.

Downtown Napa.

We walked also to the fairgrounds and saw this lovely sign.

Stopped at Whiskeytown Lake on the way home.