Made it back from Austin with no problems. Got a chance to visit with junior one night before my training started. He is doing very well with the new job, new apartment, paycheck. Training was good, but, to me, it was more of a distraction from work. I've done a number of training sessions on negotiations and communications, so this was a good refresher for me. Besides, it got me out of the office for three days on a paid trip. Can't complain about that.
Drove back to Houston late in the week. The fires south of Austin had closed the route I normally take, but that was a minor inconvenience for me. Nothing compared to the people who lost everything in those fires. A large portion of the Bastrop area has been burned out including the state park with several old CCC stone cabins that we have stayed in years ago.
Someone (who shall not be named) has been after me to get off my butt and get back into the game, so I let her pick today's thread - California roadtrip.
Last month, I was back out on the road to California for another supplier audit. This is my 4th year of doing these audits and my second time out to this area. They are located in Paso Robles about halfway between LA and San Francisco. Smack dab in the middle of wine country. There are dozens of wineries dotted around the hillsides. If it wasn't a business trip, I would have been tempted to try a few of the local vintages.
|Long driveway to shovel|
|Casa Grande (aka Hearst Castle)|
|Care for a dip?|
|The greeting room|
|Lots of statuary|
|What a view!|
|Indoor diving pool|
Side note: if it looks like gold, it is.