Poll: Backpacking trip through North Coast of California & Pacific Northwest, September 2019

In the spirit of spontaneity, wanted to gauge interest for a backpacking trip through the AVAs of the North Coast of California & Pacific Northwest. Time frame would be at most 2 weeks. Game plan would be to visit every AVA from Mendocino County northwards to fully understand the microclimates & a true "sense of place". Unique time as harvest has already started for many wineries.

*Considered the backpacking option to minimize cost with hotel stays. #Letmeknowyourthoughts

*Another option is to fly-in to Portland, rent a car, & fly out of Seattle, but this option would be much more expensive.

Nothing is set-up yet. This is to see if this is attainable for anyone to do. Timeframe would be this month.

Tentative Itenirary

  • Napa County: Meet in Bay area. Car pools & briefly cover some of the lesser viewed areas such as Chiles Valley in Napa. ~.5 day
  • Mendocino County: Start in Sanel Valley & cover all AVAs except Anderson Valley ~1 day
    • Travel Day
  • Oregon:
    • Applegate, Rogue & Umpqua Valley. ~1 day
    • Willamette Valley (including all sub-AVAs) & Portland. ~ 2 days.
  • Washington:
    • Puget Sound/Seattle: 1.5 days
    • Wahluke Slope, Naches Heights, Rattle Snake Hills, Yakima Valley & Snipes Mountain  ~ 1.5 days
    • Red Mountain, Walla Walla Valley & Horse Heaven Hills. ~1 day.
    • Columbia Gorge & Columbia Valley ~.5 day
  • Oregon:
    • Snake River Valley. ~.5 day
    • Travel Day
  • Mendocino County: Anderson Valley ~1 day.
  • Sonoma County: Lesser viewed areas of Sonoma County including Fort-Ross Seaview & Petaluma Gap ~ 1 day.
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