This reminds me of some reports about work progress early on at the Whale. Then i was sputteringly incoherent. Now, I sigh.
Yesterday i was feeling restless after a breakfast with a friend. I came home, didn't feel like focusing, and rattled about. At noon, i came to Christine and asked her if she wanted to take a road trip. She did, and as we drove waves of sadness and tension would grip me. We talked, and i think that this is the beginning of healing i need to do. Now that the "emergency" that led to high vigilance and worry is over, the waves of relief and realization will be washing over me for some time to come. The stress energy can subside (if i let it). And that's one of the awarenesses i spoke to my friend about: i need to learn to be less intense, where the sense of urgency drives me.
That sense of urgency can drop away to a more realistic level. I need to take care not to just transfer the sense of urgency that i have carried so long to my new work, which i may have done on Friday (waking in the wee hours of Saturday morning thinking about shortcomings in someone else's analysis of a technology framework).
So i will have waves of grieving, i expect, grieving for how hard it has been, letting myself acknowledge that and let go.
Some links and POI about the area we drove through yesterday:
* Paicines (original Tres Pinos)
* (beyond the turnoff: http://paicinesranch.com/about/conservation.php)
* Tres Pinos Creek aka Arroyo Del Rosario and Arroyo Del Puerto Del Rosario
* Blossom Hill Winery
* Pinnacle Vineyards http://www.sierramadrevineyard.com/pinnacle_vineyards/terroir.php
The Paicines American Viticultural Area, est. 1982, is located in the southernmost portion of the larger San Benito County AVA, which is part of the even broader Central Coast AVA. The appellation is about 17 miles from Pinnacles National Park, to the south. The appellation is further defined by the San Benito River, which forms part of the western boundary, the Gabilan Mountain Range, which separates Paicines from King City on the west side, and the San Luis Dam, the town of New Idria, and Panoche Valley on the eastern edge.
The Paicines appellation is home to 4,500 acres of grape vines.
Neighboring wineries are Calera Wine Co. (San Benito appellation), Chalone Vineyard (Chalone), Leal Estate Vineyards (San Benito), Pietra Santa (Cienega Valley) and DeRose Winery (Cienega Valley).
[Wine Geek: Its climate is moderate, much warmer than the Cienega Valley, Limekiln Valley and Mount Harlan AVAs to the west.]
Large shifts in temperature, especially during the growing season, keep the overall climate very moderate. Warm, but not hot, summer days are optimal for a long ripening season for reds like Cabernet and Merlot, but afternoon breezes from Monterey and cool evenings allow varieties like Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc to flourish. August is typically one of the warmer months, which allows for longer “hang-time” for the fruit to accumulate sugar before harvest. On the UC Davis scale, where Region I is the coolest and Region V is the warmest, Paicines is very moderate Region II.
The Paicines area is one of the driest wine regions in California with a historical rainfall average of 14.25 inches/year.
Soil types in the Pinnacle Vineyards include Rincon, Reiff, Diablo, Cropley, Sorrento, and Metz. All sandy-loams and clay-loams, these soils allow for salt to leach out of the soil profiles and for roots to be exposed to beneficial minerals and nutrients, thus aiding in optimal root growth and development. These well-drained soils also limit root saturation, allowing for the adequate oxygen necessary for healthy vines.
Pacific Coast Ranges> California Coast Ranges > Diablo Range (WP) > (Southern end)
Hike notes: http://www.snwburd.com/bob/trip_reports/glaucophane_ridge_1.html
First stretch Quatenary Q, then QPc fascinating sheer rock faces: were these mined?
KU, KJfs, KJf, QOa.
Panoche valley Q.
Headed north, um to the east with road on KJf and Ku to the east (Glaucaphane ridge)
Subsidy Recipients 1 to 30 of 106 in zipcode 95043, Appel Ranch, Call Mountain Cattle company
Panoche Inn (Yelp)
(windmill & rainbow: Douglas Ranch training stables?)