Napa and Tahoe

In mid October Kit and I went to South Lake for Mikey and Tasha's wedding. We stayed in SF Friday night before heading up to the lake, and since we were in the area we pit stopped in Sonoma for a quickie wine tasting. The weather was gorgeous up in Tahoe, which was incredible since last year at that time they had snow. The wedding was on the Tahoe Queen, and Tasha looked beautiful, and Mikey was happier than I had ever seen him. It makes me happy when good people find good love. The dinner was awesome, we sat with Bobby, his girlfriend Lindsay, and Mark. Once we docked, everyone cruised into the Riva Grill for the after party. It was a Rum Runner infused evening for me, and so the next morning we ate at the new Red Hut near the Village for greasy post party dinner. We took off  after paying Cec & Errol a visit to get back to Marin. Once back to the city we ate at Umami Burger in the Marina with Jeff, then made our way to Darcie and Ryan's house in Sausalito. Ian and Danielle came over too and we had a  dinner that night to celebrate their engagement. Yup, Ian popped the question over the weekend. We are so happy for them and cannot wait to celebrate their big day with them. Hopefully in Brazil????


Catalina Sail trip

In October Kit and I went to Catlaina with Chase and Melissa. We left super early Saturday morning and were in Catalina by noon. While Kit and Chase attempted a dive, Melissa and I paddle boarded over to the Casino bar and enjoyed some margaritas. We had a little cocktail hour at sunset then boarded the shore boat for a nice evening ashore. We ate at El Galleon, then strolled along the boardwalk before we settled into Luau Larry's where Kit and I shared some Mai Tais. From there we went to the Marlin Club. I was so tired from the day that Kit and I left the others ashore and took off for our boat. It was a great weekend, and we are looking forward to sailing over in the spring.


Honeymoon Down Under: Sydney

Sydney Opera House
After leaving Tahoe, we had about 4 hours to pack for the honeymoon before Chase picked up for the ride to LAX. We were so excited to start the honeymoon that neither of us really gave much thought into what a long haul we were up against. We toasted each other at the airport bar then eagerly boarded the Quantas flight that would take us first to Auckland then to Sydney. The flight itself was great. We watched movies, slept, and relaxed. Kit woke me up when we crossed the international dateline, a first for me. When we landed in Auckland, we left the airport to go see the harbour, but were surprised to learn that our layover was cut in half from 8 hours to 4 hours, so we had to go back inside through security, where they made me throw away my shampoo and conditioner. What was legal carry on size in the US was not in New Zealand. It ended up being a good thing in the end because later on in the trip I would go on to find my new favorite hair products, which I will continue to order from Australia. We took the subway directly from the airport to our hotel. We were feeling pretty sluggish but perked up when the train popped out of the tunnel to reveal an incredible view of Sydney harbor and the Opera House. I will never forget how dramatic it all looked at night upon seeing it for the first time. We stayed only two stops away from Circular Quay and the Rocks which ended up being really convenient. One thing I did not prep very well for was the weather in Sydney. I packed for more of a warm weather trip, even though it was nearing spring down there, and was told it would be like winter in Hawaii. It was a bit cooler than that, but I managed just fine. I was surprised at how metropolitan the fashion was in Sydney. The woman were dressed for winter in Manhattan, even though it was upward of 70 degrees. They wore puffer vests, scarves, and boots out while I was out in rainbow sandals.
Landing In Auckland after the 13 hour flight

Maori Welcome sign

Day 1 in Sydney

Sydney looked like a mix between NYC and Honolulu.

Circular Quay

The Rocks, Sydney

The Rocks, Sydney