Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Black Family Among Victims of NY Plane Crash















My heart and prayers go out to all the victims' families from the Continental Flight 3407 plane crash. Much of the news coverage on the victims has been about the 9/11 widow. I want to point out that a family from New Jersey was killed--Donald Mossop, 42, Dawn Mossop, 48 (above left), their 12-year-old son Shawn (below) along with Dawn's sister Ferris Reid,45 (above right). They were traveling to visit family in Canada. Ironically, Dawn invited her best friend's kids to tag along since Shawn was an only child. But the friend told WGRZ she declined the invitation because her family doesn't like to fly in winter weather.

The AP lists the names and backgrounds of the other flight victims. When tragedies like these happen I always try to read about the non-survivors. I guess it's my way of paying respect to the deceased. And it's a reminder that those people were someone's friend, parent, lover, child, etc.

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  1. Thank you for letting us know about this family. In watching the news you would never have known they were on the aircraft. The media tends to disregard the people of color, but with blogs like Cocoa fly we know you'll keep up posted

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  2. I appreciate your efforts to share the story of this family. Our prayers are with their family. It was a truly tragic event ... especially when juxtaposed against the miracle on the Hudson that took place just a few weeks earlier...

    peace, Villager

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