St.George? That’s the spirit!

An advance party went on a quick reconnaissance to St. George Spirits at Alameda Point today.  Those who showed up a bit early found their way into the adjacent building which is Faction Brewing, our local craft brewery.  Those of you who have known me a while know that I like The Faction and their beers (Kaiser Soze, Def Con 3, Puddy Porter, Imperial Stout).  After the tasting we stopped by The 1400 for a bite to eat.

St.George is not a new company, they’ve been at it since 1982 apparently, and I’ve been a consumer since about 6 years ago.  $15 gets a test flight of 6 short pours (about 4 sips per).  $20 gets a 40 minute tour of the production area as well as the flight.

Like any good tasting room they know the best sequence to taste, and start with vodka and gin, before moving to brandy, liqueurs and absinth.  There were 18 drinks to choose from, the notable offerings today included

  • Green Chile Vodka
  • Basil Bandy
  • Rye Gin Reposado
  • Coffee Liqueur
  • Absinth

They do mix it up a bit, and rotate out flavours, there has always been something I haven’t tasted before when I’ve gone.

It’ll be some time before I organize a group visit there, but if you are interested, then please drop me a line and I’ll add you to the invite list.

 

Back on the trails (and ales).

You can tell I’m a rank amateur at this.  I recently visited a bar after a hike, and I didn’t get a photo of the bar to add to the review.  Silly me.  Anyway, the review is on-line now.  I promise I’ll do better next time.

Cheers

Alex

Tri Valley Views and Wild Turkey.

Check out my hike on Strava: https://www.strava.com/activities/1539640721/shareable_images/photo_based/13210547/1/651de4a1-4a7e-4160-8e2d-ce42a12f757c?hl=en-US&v=1525056878

So we actually did a more adventurous hike than planned. My knee held up fine, but I did take Tylenol for breakfast.

The weather was excellent, keeping temperatures low enough to hike, and the air was clear so visibility was excellent.

Woodpeckers, wild turkey, stella jays, hawks and ducks. We saw a bunny, found a snakeskin and even saw turtles in the pond. A great hike for nature watching.

Sycamore Creek Trail – Lame Duck Limp

Check out this trail on AllTrails.
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/sycamore-creek-trail

This is the plan for tomorrow’s hike. Starting at 9:00. I look forward to seeing everyone there. Only 85′ elevation gain, a record low for our group.

100% Organic

It seems this website is growing organically.  Sure I had an idea how I wanted it structured, but I never bothered to design it.  So I am feeling my way, adding incrementally and restructuring as I go.  I am a bit surprised that I did it this way, normally I plan and plan and plan.  I’m sorry to be moving things around everytime I update the site, but I promise I will soon get into a flow, and maintain the structure until it proves to be wrong.

Today I finally started out the upper layers for the park descriptions.  I am trying to group by geographic location, this seems to make as much sense as anything.  I also have listed park authorities so that you can find your own hike while waiting for me to organise.  By adding tags to trail descriptions it should allow searching by feature, such as grade, terrain, or flora.

I also added the next planned hike, and sent out the invites.  It feels good to be planning again.

See you on the trails!

Time to get organized!

Hey everyone, I know I’ve been quiet of late. Part of the absence was planned, as I just popped back to Britain for a bit, but part of the absence was unplanned as I’ve been waylaid with whatever is going around.  Well, now I’m mostly good now and ready to get out on the trails!  Stay tuned for more updates!