It's hard to believe it's been over a year since my dad had was hit by a truck in an accident that gave him a 50/50 chance of survival. Even harder believe... I was minutes away from seeing him in person. I pulled up to the tiny terminal and saw him instantly.
My nervousness melted away into a warm smile when we met by the curb for a hug. As we put his luggage in my car, he told me about how he had stumbled while packing his car for the airport. He then showed me the bandage covering the gash over his temple from hitting his head on the car door. I was worried until I realized how great it was that he was alive, right before me, and already poking fun at himself for being clumsy.
For the next five days we would smile, talk, and create enough memories to last a lifetime. Given how little he travels or treats himself, my one goal was to broaden his horizons through new sights and experiences. I knew my wish came true when I received a text from the plane thanking me for the best time in years. That meant the world.
His visit was incredibly meaningful for so many reasons. That had me snapping photos left and right... it helped that he was a big ham. I see where I get it now. ;)
Here are some of my favorite images from his visit to wine country:
Hanging with the Elephant Seals in San Simeon
With Gary Eberle, the "godfather" of Paso Wine
Eberle Wine Cave
Fun at Sculpterra Winery
A spontaneous game of bean bag toss
Removing the bag after my score... yes, I somehow made one. We tied 1-1
Smart bird... location, location, location!