Along the way to Los Angeles, I got a call from my good buddy Janna. She had told me about her friend Henry, who is in the process of creating a new vineyard in the town of Castaic. (Cas-TAY-ic)
As she was passing through, she remembered that she was going to connect with him and introduce us, because she thought he had property and a horse set up. They had been river raft guides together and she was pretty sure that he would welcome me to stay for a night or two. When she called, I just happened to be nearing Castaic myself - coming from the other direction. When she learned this, she quickly called a friend that had his number and then called Henry, who invited us to drop by. When she called me back, I happened to be exactly at the Castaic exit on Highway 5 after driving most of the day. It would be the perfect time to stop and let the horses have a break. I pulled off the freeway and stopped in town, and within a few minutes Henry called with directions to his house, just a few minutes away.
Janna decided to turn around and come back to join us, and we enjoyed a few minutes together.
|Janna and Henry in Castaic, CA|
|Good friends for a long time.|
|Henry's beautiful vineyard home. My bedroom upstairs on the left...|
|Gives you a sense of how big he is doesn't it? I am in love with this dog.|
|Janna likes to play with the heavy equipment. She's a farm girl at heart.|
|In Henry's wine room. Cabernet, Merlot, and Sirah in the oak casks.|
Henry and I shared some of this bounty later - delicious!
|Henry's other canine companion. "Jilly". So sweet.|
|Yup, Henry's in love with his little lap dog. I think the feeling is mutual....|
|Janna and I share a hug prior to her departure.|
It was a wonderful introduction, and Henry and I hit it off. We cooked and drank wine, and I baked some of my favorite whole wheat walnut bread. I stayed a second day, and took advantage of the sunshine to bathe the horses and trim their feet. Henry and I managed to get a ride on the 80 acres before I loaded up and headed south again. Thanks Henry for the great hospitality and the restful stay! What a nice break for the horses, and I just loved meeting Jackson and Jilly!
|There's my truck and trailer parked by Henry's house...|
|Horses get a much needed rest in Henry's corral.|
|I'm in love with Jackson.|